Vestal Review 185

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Vestal Review is a semi-annual perfect-bound print magazine with a Web presence, devoted to what we consider an underrepresented type of fiction: flash (or short-short) stories. A good flash, replete with a cohesive plot, rich language and enticing imagery, is perhaps the hardest type of fiction to write. A good flash is so condensed that it borderlines poetry. A good flash engages your mind not only for the short duration of its read, but for a long time after. Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres except children's stories and hard science fiction. We are blessed with a deluge of submissions and therefore are very selective. Published since 2000.

Vestal ReviewUnited States
Important: Send only up to two submissions per submissions period.
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Submission Period

FTemporarily closed to fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Saturday, August 1, 2015 (3.1 days from now) through Monday, November 30, 2015.1

Genres, Styles & Subjects

FFantasyOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Fairy Tale.
HHorrorOpen to all/most SubGenres.
SScience FictionOpen to all/most SubGenres. Excluding: Hard Science Fiction.
OOpen to All/Most Genres 
 Styles:Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects. Excluding: Children.

Types & Lengths

FFlash Fictionup to 500 words; up to 2 pieces

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationPublished 2 x per year
EElectronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionS to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK No No OK

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Date Added:
25 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
17 Jun 2015
Last Checked:
02 Jul 2015