Vestal Review is the oldest magazine of flash fiction, published continuously since 2000.

 This fee-free category is for any writer 60 or older. Please state that you are 60 or older in the beginning of the cover letter in order to qualify. One submission per reading period.

Stories of 500 words or fewer. English only. Accepted stories get $25 and a print copy.

If you are a Vestal Review alumni, please submit your publishing news to us. Don't forget to include the links. Please limit your news to two.

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Vestal Review turns 18 this March. We will be able to vote.

To celebrate our 18th anniversary, we announce a fee-free 18x18x18 contest. 18 word stories with 18 characters titles and $18 prize. And you, our reader, will vote for the best entry among the five runner ups selected by our editorial team.

Please read the entire guidelines before submitting. No, really. Please do.

This fee-free category for stories under 500 words is ONLY for previous contributors to Vestal Review. Please identify yourself with the issue, year and the story title of your former contribution to Vestal Review. The special calls for submissions (e.g. 18x18x18 or Magic Mondays) and Short On Sugar authors are not eligible. This is Fiction form only. Please submit only once per reading period. The payment is still $25 and a print copy.

Do NOT submit here if you are not a previous contributor to Vestal Review..

Any author may submit a free flash fiction book ad (it could be either for a paper or e-book). A former contributor may submit any book ad as long as she/he is the author. Give us a short description of the book. Don't forget a link to the purchase information! Please limit the file size to 250 KB. Do not submit PDFs. Use this format as a guide:

The editors reserve the right to refuse any ad.

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This category is ONLY for the award nominations. If you submit your own story here, we will delete it unread. Please submit your own story through the form titled Fiction. 

Please feel free to nominate one story under 500 words published by your magazine in print or online in 2017. The winning selection receives a prize of $100 and publication in Vestal Review, and the runner-up entry will be published in Vestal Review at our usual terms. There is no nomination fee. Only a publication editor is eligible to submit a nomination. One story per magazine, please. Please attach the nominated story AND provide the link.

Please state your credentials, the name of the author and the date of the publication when nominating.  

The nomination process will close on May 28, 2018.

The final judge this year is Michelle Richmond. 

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books include the 2017 psychological thriller THE MARRIAGE PACT, which has been sold in 30 languages and was a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK;  GOLDEN STATE, the critically acclaimed novel that imagines modern-day California on the brink of secession from the United States; the international bestseller THE YEAR OF FOG; and the story collection HUM, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. 



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Please read the entire guidelines before submitting. No, really. Please do. It will help you, and it will help us.

Vestal Review publishes its print issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. 

We don't read new submissions in December, January, June and July. 

Vestal Review is a magazine for flash (short-shorts) fiction, 500 words or fewer.  Since our content is free and we pay our authors, we are forced to resort to submission charges after 16 years of fee-free publication.  Subsequently, we increased our honorarium to $25 flat.

We are responding much quicker now. If you don't get a reply in a couple of weeks or so, it means that your story gets multiple reads and has a better than average chance of acceptance.
Color art for the print and Web issues covers. Please submit portrait orientation only with the ratio of 1.5 or 1.6. Payment is one copy of the print issue.

Interior illustrations in B&W. No pay, just fame.