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


Vestal Review, the oldest continuously running magazine of flash fiction (since 2000), is looking for a first reader to join our editorial team. It’s a non-paying job, but you will gain valuable experience in this exciting field of magazine publishing.

Required qualifications:

  • Love of flash fiction
  • Good critiquing skills 
  • Broadband connection at home 
  • Availability to read 20-30 500-word or shorter stories a week (no critiquing is necessary)      
  • Good communication skills 
  • Light computer skills
  • The ability and  willingness to promote the magazine on the social media

Everything at Vestal Review is done on Submittable and we communicate via email. No travel is required. The first reader reads and evaluates the submissions according to the schedule and makes recommendations to the senior editors.

Please attach your bio and the application letter in a single file. 

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. if you are not going to state that, your submission will be rejected. One submission per reading period.  

Stories of 500 words or fewer. We don't accept reprints. English only. Accepted stories get $25 and a print copy. 

All payments will be made only through PayPal.

It might sound obvious, but please read the instructions before submitting.

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.

Do not submit your fiction or any other writing here except the news.

 It might sound obvious, but please read the instructions before submitting.

Do not submit your fiction or any other wriitng here unless you are an immigrant.

This fee-free category is for immigrants to the US only. An immigrant in our definition is a person who was born abroad but resides in the US. Please clearly state the country you came from to be eligible, e.g. "I immigrated from Sudan." One submision per reading period.

Stories of 500 words or fewer. We don't accept reprints. English only. Accepted stories get $25 and a print copy.

All payments will be made only through PayPal. 

It might sound obvious, but please read the instructions before submitting.

Do not submit your fiction or any other writing here except the ads.

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 or .docs. Submit images as .jpg. Use this format as a guide:

http://www.vestalreview.org/worthy-books/

The editors reserve the right to refuse any ad.

Ends on September 9, 2018

 We are resurrecting the tombstone contest. The current one will run until September 10, 2018. After that, the editors will chose 5 semi-finalists. The winner will be chosen from that pool by the reader's poll and announced on Halloween, October 19, 2018. 

What would you like to see written on your tombstone? Due to the cost of the letters and the limited space on the face of the stone,
12 words or fewer entries, please.
Two entries per author max.
The winner will be paid $10 paid through PayPal, and get a PDF or a Kindle copy of Condensed to Flash: World Classics, an anthology for people who love concise writing that is intense, entertaining and educational. This anthology features variations on themes of world classics, condensed to 500 words or fewer.

There is no entry fee for the contest.



Ends on November 29, 2018$2.00
$2.00

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.  We don't accept reprints. 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 three months, it means that your story got multiple reads and has a better than average chance of acceptance.

All payments will be made only through PayPal. 

We consider only one story per submission, so if you submit more, we will read only the first one. Feel free to make multiple submisisons, but only one at the time.

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 for the print copy or color for the Website. No pay, just fame.



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