We just finished our 19x19x0x0 contest to celebrate Vestal Review’s 19th birthday. 19 words, $19 prize, 0 words title, $0 fee.
The 19 word story had to include the words “Vestal” and “review,” but not together. The winner gets $19 Amazon gift certificate.
We had 52 entries and the semi-finalists are:
Draw closer to the hearth, my dear. Shall we review your sins? My vestal flames will lick you clean.
In every following review the Vestal astrologers were made out to be charlatans, something they had claimed would happen.
Gina was a virgin—chaste, “vestal.” Was she Roman? Certainly Italian-American. Lust always makes me review my classical studies.
The art critic dubbed it “Vestal Vision”—rave review. Sold for big bucks. A blank canvas hung by mistake.
An overly festal vestal
was condemned by those matripotestal
because their review
concluded the shrew
a flower too agrestal.
A woman shouldn’t have to be vestal to be respected. It’s high time we all review this sociocultural norm.
-Cyriacus Nathalia Chiamaka