Vestal Review now
publishes its print
issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. Some of the content is
available on the Web. We have increased the number of published flashes
to 24 a year. We welcome your subscriptions if you want to read them
year subscription is $20 postpaid (add $6 for postage for foreign
subscription). A sample copy is $10 (add $2 for postage, $4 for foreign
The reading for the
new issue 35 begins July 1 and ends November 30, 2008. There is no theme.
of the great number of submissions, we are accepting only two
submissions per author in a reading period. Our new reading periods are:
would regretfully delete any submissions after the initial two. All
stories submitted during June and December will be returned unread.
All submissions should be sent electronically to the address listed
below. We do not accept any other forms of submissions.
Send to this address.
you want to control spam, please approve our submission address
beforehand. We will not go through the approval process for you.
Review accepts only original material. No reprints, please. Even if it
has been displayed on your own Web page, we consider it published. Yet
if John Updike sends his previously published story, who are we to say
If the story has been posted and reviewed at a
password-protected e-workshop with a controlled list of participants,
we consider this a plus.
Vestal Review is a magazine for flash
(short-shorts) fiction. We realize that there are different
definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our
definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a
plot. If it's longer than 500 words and/or has no plot, we are not
interested. We are also not interested in porn, racial slurs, excessive
gore, or obscenity. On the other end of the spectrum, no children's or
preachy stories either, please. Our target audience is people over 18,
so R-rated content is OK, but not X-rated. Most genres, other than
children's, syrupy romance or hard science fiction, are accepted, and
we love humor.
Don't forget that the title is an important part
of the story. Make it pertinent but don't tell too much. We generally
don't favor one-word titles.
The cash payments:
Stories up to 100
words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee; 3 cents a word is a
minimum pay in any case.
In addition, every
contributor will get one free copy.
Foreign writers will be paid via PayPal.
exchange for these fees, we ask for first North American serial rights
and First Electronic Rights. In addition, we ask for no posting of the
accepted story anywhere on the Web, or in print in the United States or
Canada, for 30 days after its exclusive appearance on the Vestal Review
Web site. After this period, all rights revert back to the
we ask that you acknowledge Vestal Review in any subsequent printing of
the material published here, be that on the Web or in hard copy. We are
also asking for one year archiving rights and anthology rights.
Anthology rights are secondary, meaning that the author may sell his or
her story to any other anthology market providing that 30 days passed
after the Vestal Review publication.
If your story is accepted for publication, you will be expected to sign
contract. Please don't send a contract before your story is
writers, we understand the frustration of waiting for months and months
for an editor's reply. Our target is to reply within three months, and
we do allow simultaneous submissions. Please inform us immediately if
your story is accepted elsewhere. If your story is accepted for Vestal
Review, please withdraw it from other markets immediately. We usually
do not keep a submission on file after the reading period is over, so
if you do not get an acceptance letter prior to the publication on an
issue, your story probably has been rejected.
submissions are OK but please limit them to two per reading period (the
time between two consecutive issues). Each multiple has to be submitted
in a separate e-mail. As stated above, we will only take two
submissions per author for each reading period. All
be send electronically to this address:
do not accept US Mail (snail-mail) submissions. Those will be discarded
or returned. Snail-mail submission without SASE will be discarded.
submissions should be saved as a PLAIN TEXT file and pasted into the
body of your e-mail. Please make sure that you do not have curly quotes
in your pasted file. No attachments of any kind, please. This means no
HTML either. Please indicate italics with asterisks (*). Write
single-spaced, don't indent paragraphs and do insert a blank line
Because of spam, please have the subject
line of your e-mail begin with the words "query" or "submission." No
quotes. Otherwise, we may not receive your correspondence.
all submissions, the word "Submission" has to be the first one in the
subject, followed by a colon and the title of your story. Please
indicate the word count.
We will not consider any submissions above 500 words.
guidelines are created to make the editors' lives easier and our
replies faster. If you won't follow them, we will have to return your
A cover letter is great. Please enclose a 2-3
line third-person bio. We would like to know whom we are dealing with.
Don't forget your legal name and the postal address so we can mail you
the check. We will not consider an anonymous submission.
So, please send us your best and let's work together.