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The 2021 Vestal Review Award (The VERA) honors the best flash fiction of 500 words or fewer published in print or online between January 1 and December 31, 2021. Nominations are open from January 1, 2021 through February 1, 2022.* The results will be announced on March 15, 2022 on the VR site and through social media.

Stories should be nominated by the magazine editors of the original publications. Your letter should include VERA in the title. The letter must list the name of your magazine, your title, the writer's name, the title of the story, and the publication date, along with a link to the story or the story itself attached.

No submission fees, but just one nomination per magazine, please.  Print or online publication only--no personal blog posts. Vestal Review will feature an interview with the first-prize winner.

The winner will receive a prize of $250, second place $100, and third place $50. The stories by all three authors will be republished on the VR website, along with a link or mention to the place where they were originally published.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

The Editors, Vestal Review

*For those querying about the 2020 VERA, our apologies, but that award was canceled during the change of editorship. All entries have been returned.

For us, a flash story is no longer than 500 words, and it moves from point A to point B. If it’s longer than 500 words or is too static, it’s not for us. We also reject pornography, racism, and excessive gore. On the other end of the spectrum, no preachy stories, please. Our target audience is over 18, so R-rated content is okay, but not X-rated. We accept most genres, and we love humor. We also appreciate diversity, whether racial, socioeconomic, or gender-based.

Format your story in Microsoft Word, including a heading with a word-count. Please include a brief author bio in the message space. 200 words maximum. We try to get back to submitters within one month.

Send us two brief paragraphs, one outlining your proposal and the other with your bio, including publications. The review itself should weigh in at no more than 500 words.

We try to get back to submitters within one month.

Send us two brief paragraphs, one outlining your proposal and the other with your bio, including publications. The review itself should weigh in at no more than 500 words.

We try to get back to submitters within one month.

Vestal Review