Issue 51

Image Copyright © 2017 Lora Vysotskaya

Everything here is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Dear Reader,

I hate rejections. As a writer, I hate receiving them. As a first reader for Vestal Review, I hate sending them out. “Yes, please!” feels so much better. Issue 51 contains three of the very first stories I said “Yes, please!” to as a first reader, and I’m thrilled to see them published out here on the big wide web, for real.

In this summer issue, you will find stories full of sweltering intensitymurdering fetuses, ripening farmers, dads with guns, dads with principles, devouring lovers, drinking lovers, doubtful lovers, and spa-tub-lovers…These stories are daring, wild, surreal, and you might find that, just for this once, fiction is stranger than the truth…So suspend your disbelief on a conveniently placed peg nearby, find a shady spot, and read on…

Anita Lehmann/ Walburga Appleseed

Image Copyright © 2017 William C. Crawford


Issue 51 includes the story “Whores” by Susan Tepper, chosen by the reader’s poll out of the 17 best stories from our 17 years of publishing.

Image Copyright © 2015 Christopher Woods

About our cover illustrator:

Lora Vysotskaya resides in Dnepr, Ukraine.  Married, two children. She’s been performing image manipulations on her iPad, using only a single finger, for over three years. This hobby is an important part of her; bringing creative ideas to life brings her joy.  She dreams of a good computer with Photoshop installed that would give her unlimited creative potential.






About our interior illustrators:

William C. Crawford is a North Carolina based photographer. See lmage titles available on request.

Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a novel, THE DREAM PATCH, a prose collection, UNDER A RIVERBED SKY, and a book of stage monologues for actors, HEART SPEAK. HIs short fiction has appeared in many journals including THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, NEW ORLEANS REVIEW and GLIMMER TRAIN. He conducts private creative writing workshops in Houston. His photography can be seen in his gallery –