Vestal Review  Issue 24   January 2006

Issue 25, to be launched on April 1, 2006, will have no theme. The reading for this issue begins January 1 and ends February 27.

Because of the great number of still unread submissions, effective January 1, we will be accepting only two submissions per author in a reading period. Our reading periods are:

  1. January-February
  2. April-May
  3. July-August
  4. October-November

We would regretfully delete any submissions after the initial two.

All submissions should be send electronically to the address listed below. We do not accept any other forms of submissions.


Effective immediately, Vestal Review is a limited edition print magazine. The number of copies will be small. We don't have plans to distribute them through any store yet. Beginning with the issue #8, all contributors will get a free copy in addition to the usual payment. Please notice copyright requirements change and turn around time increase.

Effective March 1, 2001, we are introducing reading periods. We do not read new submissions in March, June, September and December. All stories submitted during these four months will be returned unread.

Vestal Review is a quarterly publication and accepts only original material. No reprints, please. Even if it has been displayed on your own Web page, we consider it published. Yet if John Updike sends his previously published story, who are we to say no?

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 are accepting up to eight flash fiction stories  per issue.

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 either.  We generally don't favor one-word titles.

We are paying professional rates now. The payment rates are as follows:

Stories up to 100 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.

An addition, every contributor will get one free copy.

Foreign writers will be paid via PayPal.


In 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 120 days after its exclusive appearance on the Vestal Review Web site (don't forget, we are a quarterly magazine). After this period, all rights revert back to the writer but 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 120 days passed after the  Vestal Review publication.

If your story is accepted for publication, you will be expected to sign the following contract. Please don't send a  contract before your story is accepted.

Being writers, we understand the frustration of waiting for months and months for an editor's reply. Our target is to reply within three 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. We usually do not keep a submission on file after the reading period is over, so if you do not get an acceptance letter prior to the publication on an issue, your story probably has been rejected.

Multiple submissions are OK but please limit them to two per reading period (the time between two consecutive issues). Each multiple has to be submitted in a separate e-mail. All submissions should be send electronically .

We do not accept US Mail (snail-mail) submissions. Those will be discarded or returned. Snail-mail submission without SASE will be discarded.

The submissions should be saved as a TEXT file and pasted into the body of your e-mail. No attachments  of any kind, please. This means no HTML either. Please indicate italics with asterisks (*). Write single-spaced, don't indent paragraphs and do insert a blank line between paragraphs.

Because of spam, please have the subject line of your e-mail begin with the words "query" or "submission." No quotes. Otherwise, we may not receive your correspondence.

For all submissions, the word "Submission" has to be the first one in the subject, followed by a colon and the title of your story. Please indicate the word count.  

We will not consider any submissions above 500 words.

These 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 submission unread!

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.

The Editors



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