Calligraphy by Jesse Bradley
The man waiting in front of you for his coffee evaporates. The last of him asks: Why me? You wait for flecks of his blood to fall but it never comes.
Your neighbor wonders: Where am I going? When his son comes looking for him, you point to the empty set of clothes at your doorstep, then up to the sky where new questions linger:
Can you hear me?
Is this it?
You stop looking up after the third day when you feel your wife’s hand disappear. She manages to contort what is left of her into cursive:
I’ll miss you.
You think about what your body will say when it’s your turn, but you’re not sure whether anyone would read it.
Our associate editor Gillian Walker made the finalists for the F(r)iction Spring Flash Fiction Competition. Congrats, Gillian.
Congratulations, Tara and Thomas,
Susan O’Neill and I nominated your stories for the 2017 Best of The Web award.
Mark & Susan
A great review by a great magazine.
Effective immediately, Anita, Cameron, Gillian and Tino are promoted to the associate editors in appreciation of their contribution to Vestal Review.
#flashfiction is not a stepping stone to “real” fiction just like youth is not a stepping stone to the old age.
Question: Why was my story rejected?
A short answer: your story wasn’t rejected because it was bad, but because other stories were better.
A longer answer: your story wasn’t rejected because it was bad, but because other stories were better for this publication in this editor’s mind at this time.
Tino Prinzi’s micro “The Broom of Sisyphus” has won ‘s Micro Madness series. Congratulations, Tino.
Some people are so happy that they can skilfully bang on the keys of their keyboards all by themselves, so they rush to show their skills to the editor.