Cover art by Jia Sung.

Welcome to issue 57 of Vestal Review, the oldest flash fiction magazine on the planet.

This issue marks the start of a new staff lineup and a dozen flash fiction talents. Hallmarks: a distinctive voice and a feel for language, vivid characters and events in a minuscule space, and a diversity in both authors and subjects. We have stories ranging from a history of infanticide to slippery memories and babysitting mishaps. This issue also features two flash interviews and two flash reviews. Our writers come from all over the globe, including India and the Maldive Islands.

Thanks to all our writers and everyone on our masthead, without whom we’d have no magazine. We’re also grateful to everyone who sent in material and who deserve both courtesy and respect.

Finally: If you enjoy the stories in this issue, no need to contain yourself. Please spread the word on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and elsewhere, should you feel compelled.


David Galef
Editor in Chief
Vestal Review

First Love, by Kirstin Allio

The Artifice of Memory, by Soramimi Hanarejim

Speak Loose, by Nashiu Zahir

Driving, by Elizabeth O’Brien

Crônica No. 1: Especially Since and Mainly Because, by Rone Shavers

The Infanticide of Puah, by Liz Marlow

Who Needs Rehab When You Have a Man?, by Preeti Vangani

Sitter, by Gary Moshimer 

Death of a Short Story Writer, by Donald A. Ranard

Wolf, by Gemma Doswell

My Name Was Said, by RW Spryszak

Same Killer, by Bari Lynn Hein

For reviews and interviews, please go here.