Vestal Review

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Genres Published: 
Fiction
Subgenres: 
Representative Authors: 
Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Mike Resnick, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Kirk Nesset, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Liz Rosenberg, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler and Pamela Painter.
Formats: 
Online
Reading Periods: 
Feb 1 to May 31
Aug 1 to Nov 30
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
1-2
Payment: 
Cash
Issues per Year: 
2
Issue Price: 
Free
Subscription Price: 
free online
Circulation: 
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Vestal Review is the longest-running flash fiction magazine on the planet, published continuously since March 2000. It’s an online magazine coming out twice a year, and it’s eclectic, so a lot of different approaches work, provided they don’t pass the limit of 500 words. VR tends more toward narrative than some other magazines, but we're also quite taken by arresting sentences, exciting setups, and characters worth watching.

Tips From the Editor

First and foremost, we like to hear a distinctive voice; second, saying something we haven’t heard before. Third, we’d like the story to move along and not be some static set of observations or a prose poem. What we see too much of: tired or inexact language, well-worn or contrived plots, and nonexistent endings.

Contact Information

David Galef, Editor
65 Edgemont Road
Montclair
NJ
07042
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Last updated: May 02, 2022