The VERA (VEstal Review Award), now in its 6th year, is our award for a flash fiction story under 500 words published by any magazine–other than ours–in print or online in the previous year. The stories are nominated by the editors of the magazines where they were originally published. There is no nomination fees. While the competition is fierce, it’s a great exposure for the author and for the nominating press. We feature an interview with the first prize winner now.

The winning selection receives a prize of $100 and publication in Vestal Review, the second prize gets $50 and publication, and the third place gets $25 and publication. All three will receive a print copy of the issue as well. The nominating editor gets a copy as well.

The nominations is done via Submittable. The nomination link will be opened until June 30, 2020. 

After publication, we will have a link to the online versions of the magazines that have originally published the winning stories.

The final judge for VERA 2020 is Meg Pokrass    

Meg is the U.K. based author of six flash fiction collections, an award-winning collection of prose poetry, and a novella-in-flash from the Rose Metal Press. Her latest is a flash fiction collection called The Dog Seated Next To Me, published in 2019 by Pelekinesis Press. Her stories have been published in Electric Literature, Tin House, Wigleaf, Jellyfish Review, Smokelong Quarterly, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and over 800 literary magazines over the last 10 years.

Past Award Updates and News Here.