Sundress publications Best of the Net 2006

Gordon Grice “The White Cat” from The Vestal Review

Dzanc Books  Best of the Web 2009:

Marcela Fuentes – An Ugly Man – Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2009

ROBERT  OLEN  BUTLER,   “Intercourse” from The Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2010

KATE  BLAKINGER,   “Living in Reverse”  from The Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2011

Hirsch, Aubrey, “Why We Never Talk About Sugar,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 37)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2013)

Herriott, Andrew. “The Floorboards Creak,” VESTAL REVIEW (#42, Summer 2012)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2014)

Van Donkelaar, Curtis, “To Send,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 43; Winter, 2013)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2015)

Bean, Zack, “Bad Boys,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 45)

2015 Write Well Award

A National Tragedy
by Claire Tristram
Vestal Review

Contest 1
Based on the combined results of the “likes,” the poll and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:
Homer wishes Emily found only a rose.
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 Contest 2

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The voting is closed and the results are in. Based on the combination of the votes and editorial wisdom, the winner is Jonathan Cardew for his “Intake nicotine. Close eyes. There. What chicken?”

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Contest 3

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:
Christopher James “Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Limited Edition Director’s Cut.”

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Contest 4

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:

Karen ONeil “Stripped of time….it’s the 11th hour”

Congratulations, Karen. The winner gets his or her flash fiction story under 500 words critiqued by a member of the VR editorial team (no guarantee of acceptance, though).

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Contest 5

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:

Richelle Little “One more sentence, dear. Be right in.”

Congratulations, Richelle. You gets your flash fiction story under 500 words critiqued by a member of the VR editorial team (no guarantee of acceptance, though).

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Contest #6 is coming soon.

We are looking for a first reader to join our editorial team. It’s a non-paying job, but you will gain valuable experience in this exciting field of magazine publishing.

Required qualifications:
Love of flash fiction
Good critiquing skills
Broadband connection at home
Availability to read 20-30 500-word or shorter stories a week (no critiquing is necessary)
Good communication skills
Light computer skills

An ability to promote the magazine on the social media

Everything at Vestal Review is done on Submittable and we communicate via email. No travel is required. The first reader reads and evaluates the submissions according to the schedule and makes recommendations to the senior editors.

Mark Budman and Sue O’Neill, editors

Apply to vrflash@gmail.com. Put “first reader application” on the subject line, please.

Please attach your bio and a short explanation on why do you want to work with us.

Update 4/7/16: We are pleased to announce our two new readers: Hillary Leftwich and Eileen Granfors. Welcome aboard, ladies.

Dear fellow writer. Let’s resolve the question of chicken and eggs pseudo-scientifically—does an author have a right to cash payment, or copies of his published work, above and beyond just plain exposure, or is exposure enough?

To be clear, we’re aware that most if not all authors crave exposure. This is just the nature of writing; we want to share it with the world. But do you feel that the publisher owes you something more than just exposure for your work? Do you consider compensation—whether it’s in copies, subscription, or an honorarium–your right as a contributor?

Here’s your chance to weigh in on this matter by taking this totally unscientific brief quiz:

For either a print magazine or ezine, print and electronic anthologies, do you agree that:

A copy/copies (print or digital) of your own work and/or subscription and/or honorarium offered by the publisher in addition to exposure is your fundamental right.

This is followed by “demographic” questions.

A copy/copies (print or digital) of your own work and/or subscription and/or honorarium offered by the publisher in addition to exposure is your fundamental right.
  • 60.71% - ( 34 votes )
  • 37.5% - ( 21 votes )
  • 1.79% - ( 1 vote )
Do you routinely send your new work to EZINES that do not pay (i.e.: the only "reward" for your accepted story is seeing it on line)?
  • 35.29% - ( 18 votes )
  • 64.71% - ( 33 votes )
Do you send your new work to paid venues first and to unpaid ones only when you exhaust all other possibilities?
  • 60.38% - ( 32 votes )
  • 39.62% - ( 21 votes )
Have you ever had a story or essay published in a pay venue, either print or on-line and/or have you ever won a writing contest that paid its winners?
  • 83.93% - ( 47 votes )
  • 16.07% - ( 9 votes )