V is for Vestal

For the month of April, all of my "A to Z" posts are directly related to my writing: the markets where I submit my work, in particular. Today, we take a look at another paying fiction market: Vestal Review. Here’s what they look for:

"Vestal Review is a magazine for flash fiction. We realize that there are different definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a plot. If it's longer than 500 words and/or has no plot, we are not interested. We are also not interested in porn, racial slurs, excessive gore, or obscenity. On the other end of the spectrum, no children's or preachy stories either, please. Most genres, other than children's, syrupy romance or hard science fiction, are accepted, and we love humor. Don't forget that the title is an important part of the story. Make it pertinent but don't tell too much. We generally don't favor one-word titles. We don't read new submissions in December, January, June and July. All submissions sent during this time will be deleted."

Pro:  a paying market (3-10 cents per word up to $25), online submission form

Con:  form letter rejections

I've submitted two of my stories to Vestal Review thus far and have received the aforementioned form letter rejections. It ain't easy telling a whole story in 500 words or less, but I guess that's what makes it fun: the challenge.

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