Vestal Review now 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 new submissions in December, January, June and July. All submissions sent during this time will be deleted.
Because 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 two.
Effective 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 four months before sending it):
Please start the subject line with the word "Query." Do not use this e-mail for anything else including submissions.
Vestal 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.
The cash payments:
Stories up to 100
words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
contributor will get one free copy.
don't send a
contract before your story is
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