Launched in March 2000, Vestal Review is the longest-running magazine dedicated to publishing and paying the best writers of imaginative flash fiction. After 20 years, we remain an exciting venue for exceptional flash fiction by both emerging and well-known authors. Our past contributors include Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Sara Banse, Claire Tristram, and many others. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies such as Best of the Net, Sudden Flash Youth and You Have Time for This, and our stories have been selected for Wigleaf Top 50 multiple times. Here is an ongoing list of our awards.
Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres. We encourage diversity in writing and publishing. A wide range of voices is good for readers and literature in general, enhancing our understanding of the world. It’s fair, beneficial, and long overdue. We encourage underrepresented writers to send us their stories. And since we believe in supporting our authors, we pay $50 to contributors.
Vestal Review is an awesome literary journal, one that does the work of angels when it comes to short short fiction. A national treasure. Find it. Read it. Now. —Steve Almond
Vestal Review is one the best flash fiction magazines in the world. It originated so many things—so many great stories have been between its covers. And no doubt, with Vestal, more of the best is to come. May it thrive. —Robert Shapard
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