Vestal Review. Don't flash without it.
Our philosophy: Most stories are not rejected because they are not good, but
because other stories are better.
publishes its print
issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. Some of the content is
available on the Web. We welcome your submissions, but
please read our guidelines first.
We don't read
submissions in December, January, June and July. All submissions sent
during this time will be deleted.
of the great number of submissions, we are accepting only two
submissions per author in a reading period (the
time between two consecutive issues). Each submission is to be
sent separately. We
would regretfully delete any submissions after the initial
immediately, all submissions should be done using our submission manager.
We will not consider any other forms of submissions.
Use this e-mail to
inquire about the status of your submission (please wait for six
months before sending it):
start the subject line with the word "Query." Do not use this
e-mail for anything else including submissions.
Review accepts only original material. No reprints, please. Even if it
has been displayed on your own Web page, we consider it published. If
the story has been posted and reviewed at a
password-protected e-workshop with a controlled list of participants,
we consider this a plus.
Vestal Review is a magazine for flash
(short-shorts) fiction. We realize that there are different
definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our
definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a
plot. If it's longer than 500 words and/or has no plot, we are not
interested. We are also not interested in porn, racial slurs, excessive
gore, or obscenity. On the other end of the spectrum, no children's or
preachy stories either, please. Our target audience is people over 18,
so R-rated content is OK, but not X-rated. Most genres, other than
children's, syrupy romance or hard science fiction, are accepted, and
we love humor.
Don't forget that the title is an important part
of the story. Make it pertinent but don't tell too much. We generally
don't favor one-word titles.
words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee; 3 cents a word is a
minimum pay in any case.
contributor will get one free copy. The preferred method of payment to
all authors is PayPal,
but arrangements can be made for an alternative way.
exchange for these fees, we ask for first North American serial rights
and First Electronic Rights. In addition, we ask for no posting of the
accepted story anywhere on the Web, or in print in the United States or
Canada, for 30 days after its exclusive appearance on the Vestal Review
Web site. After this period, all rights revert back to the
we ask that you acknowledge Vestal Review in any subsequent printing of
the material published here, be that on the Web or in hard copy. We are
also asking for one year archiving rights and anthology rights.
Anthology rights are secondary, meaning that the author may sell his or
her story to any other anthology market providing that 30 days passed
after the Vestal Review publication.
If your story is accepted for publication, you will be expected to sign
don't send a
contract before your story is
writers, we understand the frustration of waiting for months and months
for an editor's reply. Our target is to reply within four months, and
we do allow simultaneous submissions. Please inform us immediately if
your story is accepted elsewhere. If your story is accepted for Vestal
Review, please withdraw it from other markets immediately.
guidelines are created to make the editors' lives easier and our
replies faster. If you won't follow them, we will have to return your
A cover letter is great. Please enclose a 2-3
line third-person bio. We would like to know whom we are dealing with.
Don't forget your legal name and the postal address so we can mail you
the check. We will not consider an anonymous submission.
So, please send us your best and let's work together.