The 2020 Vestal Review Award (The VERA) for the best flash fiction of the year is open to fiction of fewer than 500 words published in print or online between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020. Nominations are open until June 30, 2021.

The stories are nominated by the magazine editors of the original publications. There are no nomination fees. Print or online publication–no personal blog posts.Vestal Review will feature an interview with the first prize winner.


The winning selection receives a prize of $100 and re-publication in Vestal Review. Second prize receives $50 and re-publication. Third place receives $25 and re-publication.


The nomination is done via Submittable. Only one nomination per magazine, please. Complete your submission here.

  • The nomination link will be opened until June 30, 2021. 
  • After publication, we will feature a link to the online version of the magazine where the story was originally published.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

The Editors, Vestal Review

Past Award Updates and News Here.