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Vestal Review is the longest-running flash fiction magazine in the world. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies and selected for Wigleaf Top 50 many times. We’re eclectic in style and open to all genres.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    1 month*
    Editor reported data
    12 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:
    2% *
    Editor reported data
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Pays$75 per piece

Find more details in the Genres section


Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 500 words max

Max words: 500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Absurdist, Action-Adventure, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Mystery, Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Thriller

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $ 75 per piece

Vestal Review is a magazine for flash fiction. We realize that a flash story has different definitions, and all of them have merit. For us, a flash story is no longer than 500 words, and it moves from point A to point B. If it’s longer than 500 words or is too static, it’s not for us.


Max words: 500

Payment: $ 75 per piece

Send us two brief paragraphs, one outlining your proposal and the other with your bio, including publications. The review itself should weigh in at no more than 500 words.


Max words: 500

Max pieces: 1

Payment: $ 75 per piece

Send us two brief paragraphs, one outlining your proposal and the other with your bio, including publications. The interview itself should weigh in at no more than 500 words.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Please enclose two or three lines of a third-person bio note. We will not consider an anonymous submission. These guidelines are created to make the editors’ lives easier and our replies better informed.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Author's rights

    We ask for 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 website. After this period, all rights revert to the writer, but we ask that you acknowledge Vestal Review in any subsequent printing of the material published here, whether on the web or in hard copy. We also ask for one year archiving rights and anthology rights. Anthology rights are secondary, meaning that authors may sell their stories to any other anthology market, providing that 30 days have passed after the Vestal Review publication.

  • Additional info

    Vestal Review actively seeks work from writers in underrepresented groups. If you belong in such a category, please put that information in your cover letter, and we’ll give your material priority consideration.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

12 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

26 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 96 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

14 days

12-month average response time

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Submission calls

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    Aug 1, 2024 - Nov 30, 2024


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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. ...

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    David Galef


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