Vestal Review is a quarterly magazine, both print and e-zine, 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. It includes six to eight flash stories per issue.
We are blessed with a deluge of submissions and therefore
are very selective.
Since March 2000, our magazine has had the honor of publishing the works of many great writers, including Katharine Weber, Mike Resnick, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Kirk Nesset, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers and Liz Rosenberg. Our contributors have been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, The Georgia Review, Zoetrope, The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, The O'Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere. Their novels have been published by Norton, Random House, St. Martin's Press, Knopf and others. We are an official Pushcart-nominating press. Our stories have been reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction and E2Ink anthologies.