We are resurrecting the tombstone contest. The Tombstone 2018 will run until September 10, 2018. The editors will choose 10 semi-finalists. The winner will be chosen from that pool by the reader’s poll and announced by Halloween, October 31, 2018.


What would you like to see written on your tombstone? Due to the cost of the letters and the limited space on the face of the stone,
12 words or fewer entries, please.

Two entries per author max.

The winner will be paid $10* and get a PDF or a Kindle copy of Condensed to Flash: World Classics, an anthology for people who love concise writing that is intense, entertaining and educational. This anthology features variations on themes of world classics, condensed to 500 words or fewer.


There is no entry fee for the contest.



Click on the Guidelines to submit. The guidelines page has a link to all submissions.


*We like to save paper, so we require a PayPal address for winners



The poll is over.

With 80 votes out of 242 Sandy Stert Benjamin is the winner of Vestal Review Tombstone 2018 contest.  This is the winning entry:

Playboy centerfold,
now and forever
a dust bunny.


Please vote for your favorite entry. You have until October 30 to do it.

Time is running out.

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By Holly Schofield:
No longer have to remember where I’m parked.

by Mikal Trimm:
Dear Mom & Dad,
I finally bought something with my own money.

by Ellie Bozmarova:
#1 top salesman in pacific northwest Still in business, he’s that good!

by Jared Povanda:
At twenty, liberal. At fifty, conservative. Now, happy occupying the middle ground.

by Ken Gosse:
This honest man Refused to die. Beneath this headstone, He won’t lie.

by Roy A. Barnes:
My critics, I’m buried upside down, so kiss my ass!

Aspiring writer. At last my name is in print.

by Angela Masterson Jones:
In Time, Even Your Tombstone Forgets Your Name

By Lynette Roggenbuck:
Don’t worry, Mother, I’m wearing clean underwear.

by Sandy Stert Benjamin:
Playboy centerfold,
now and forever
a dust bunny.

The previous winners:


August 2014

Keep off the damn grass!  Gretchen Tessmer.  The August winner.


 September 2014

Here lies a shallow man, buried deep. Liam Hogan

Here lies a good man who will continue to be trod upon. Tony Brown

The one appointment I couldn’t miss. Monty Hall

This is NOT the retirement plan I had in mind. Phillip Chamberlain

November 2014

He is in death, as he was in life, a grave man.  Forrest Buchly



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