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Vestal Review

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Launched in 2000, Vestal Review is the longest-running flash fiction magazine on Earth—and perhaps the Milky Way. Past contributors include Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, and many others. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies and selected for Wigleaf Top 50 many times.
We encourage underrepresented writers to send us their stories. We're eclectic in style and open to all genres.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for some submissions. Look for the fees icon. The fee is USD $3.
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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2000

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to fee-based submissions from 01 August 2024* (approx. 11 days from now) through 30 November 2024. 4

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All sexual identities.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General General
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $75.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All sexual identities.

Lengths:
Interview InterviewUp to 500 words.
Review ReviewUp to 500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $75.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Vestal Review Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 64 reports from 48 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported1 min | 16.4 mean avg | 13.0 median | 198 max days (23.9 std dev)
Responses96.88 %
Acceptances4.69 % of submissions accepted (13.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 6.25 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections92.19 % (13.6 avg. days per rejection) | 35.6 % personal, 39.0 % form, 25.4 % unspecified
Non-Responses3.12 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded1.56 % (198.0 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals1.56 % (9.0 avg. days per withdrawal)

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 30 days. (1.6 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 30 days.)
The most common submission fee paid: USD $3.00. (65.6 % of reports specified whether they paid a fee; of those, 97.6 % paid fees.)
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 12 Jun 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 10 Jun 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 31 May 2024
Last Audited: 21 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 25 Jul 2005

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