Vestal Review is pleased to announce the following Pushcart nominations:
Print Issue 47: “’Dorian Gray” by Hugh Behn-Steinberg.
Print Issue 47: “The Short Story of Luis” by Thomas Sanfilip
Print Issue 47: “The Bottom of Your Shoe” by Michaela Elias.
Congratulations, Hugh, Thomas and Michaela.

Our contributor Paul Negri won the Gold Medal prize in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition. This is the second time in a row he won a Gold Medal: last year for a novella and this year for a short story. The judge who gave him the award this year is Adam Johnson,who won the Pulitzer prize for his novel “The Orphan Master’s Son,” and the National Book Award for his story collection, “Fortune Smiles.”
Link to Paul’s story.

This prize is administered by North American Review.


Contest Information:

All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

2017 Hearst Judge:
Major Jackson

Deadline: October 31st, 2016
Entry fee: $20.00

All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system.

If you are unable to upload your submission, please call us at 319-273-3026 for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.
Questions? email nar@uni.eduphone 319-273-6455 • fax 319-273-4326

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