The 2021 Vestal Review Award (The VERA) honors the best flash fiction of 500 words or fewer published in print or online between January 1 and December 31, 2021. Nominations are open from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.* The results will be announced by March 15, 2022 on the VR site and through social media.


Stories should be nominated by the magazine editors of the original publications. Your letter should include VERA in the title. The letter must list the name of your magazine, your title, your contact information, the writer’s name, the title of the story, and the publication date, along with a link to the story or the story itself attached. You can submit your nomination here.


No submission fees, but just one nomination per magazine, please. Print or online publication only–no personal blog posts.

The winner will receive a prize of $250, second place $100, and third place $50. The stories by all three authors will be republished on the VR website, along with a link or mention to the place where they were originally published.Vestal Review will feature an interview with the first-prize winner.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

The Editors, Vestal Review

*For those querying about the 2020 VERA, our apologies, but that award was canceled during the change of editorship. All entries have been returned.

Past Award Updates and News Here.