Vestal Review is an awesome literary journal, one that does the work of angels when it comes to short short fiction. A national treasure. Find it. Read it. Now.

-Steve Almond

Vestal Review is one the best flash fiction magazines in the world. It originated so many things–so many great stories have been between its covers. And no doubt, with Vestal, more of the best is to come. May it thrive.

-Robert Shapard.

Launched in March of 2000, Vestal Review is the world’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction.

We are firmly established as an exciting venue for exceptional flash by both emerging and well-known authors. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies such as Best of the Net, Sudden Flash Youth and You have Time for This. Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres except children’s stories and hard science fiction. Our past contributors include Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Sara Banse, Claire Tristram and others.


sueSusan O’Neill, Vestal Review co-editor since 2000, is the author of two books: Don’t Mean Nothing (Ballantine Books, UMass Press and, more recently, Serving House Books), a fiction collection based on her hitch as an Army operating room nurse during the Viet Nam war, and Calling New Delhi for Free (Peace Corps Writers Books), a slim volume of nonfiction essays, mostly funny, about the way our high-tech world messes with our heads. Her stories and essays have appeared on a great number of obscure literary sites, virtual and print, that other writers read to see if they want to have their stuff published there as well. She’s even won a few prizes and several nominations for this and that. She’s also reported and written humor columns for a couple of weekly newspapers. Her website.

mark101414Mark Budman, Vestal Review co-editor and publisher since 2000, was born in the former Soviet Union. His fiction and non-fiction writing appeared or is about to appear in such magazines as Five Points, American Scholar, Huffington Post, World Literature Today, Daily Science Fiction, Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, The London Magazine (UK), McSweeney’s, Sonora Review, Another Chicago, Sou’wester, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the W.W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, Short Fiction (UK), and elsewhere. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He has co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea

Books/Norton. He is at work on a novel about Lenin running for president of the United States. His website.


Associate editor Cameron Filas enjoys reading and writing from his home in sun-baked Mesa, Arizona.

Associate editor Gillian Walker is a fiction writer based in the UK. She’s working on novels and small pieces. Her work can be found at Vestal Review, Blue Fifth Review, The Airgonaut and elsewhere. She was an assistant editor for Bartleby Snopes.

Associate editor  Walburga Appleseed/ Anita Lehmann. Walburga Appleseed’s flash fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in places such as Fiction Attic PressThe AirgonautFlash Frontier, Offshoots, and others. This is her website.

In a parallel existence, and under the silly pseudonym of Anita Lehmann, she also writes for children, with three books forthcoming in 2017/18. Here she is, in conversation with Voltaire.

First reader Riham Adly is a creative writing instructor from Gizah, Egypt.  Several of her short stories appeared in online literary magazines such as Page&Spine,  The 10 minutes Novelist,  Paragraph Planet, Visual Verse,  Fictional café, For The Sonourous and The HFC Journal. Her short story “The Darker Side of the Moon” won the Makan Award in Egypt and was published in an anthology with the same name. Riham started her writing group on FB, “Rose’s Fiction Writing Club,” to connect  aspiring writers from Egypt with writers from around the world, and currently hosts her own book club, “Rose’s Cairo Book Club,” in the American University in Cairo. Twitter: @RoseInink.
First reader Kevin Richard White is the author of two novels and many short stories and drinks a lot of whiskey.




First reader Alle C. Hall’s work appears in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), Literary Orphans, Word Riot, Treehouse, and The Best of Crack the Spine, among others.


First reader Melissa Benton Barker’s short fiction can be found in Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Vestal Review, Jellyfish Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Ohio.

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