Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monday's Market: Vestal Review

Today in St. Peters, MO: Foggy and misty this morning, expected high of 85 degrees.

If you like to flash--that is if you like writing flash fiction--Vestal Review is a print and on-line publication that accepts submissions up to 500 words. The have two submission periods: February-May and August-November and accept only two submissions per person during each period.
They do not accept porn, racial slurs, excessive gore, or obscenity. On the other end of the spectrum, no children's or preachy stories either. They love humor, and the title is an important part of the story. Make it pertinent but don't tell too much. They generally don't favor one-word titles.

Payment is in cash and contributors' copies.
Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee; 3 cents a word is a minimum pay in any case.
In addition, every contributor will get one free copy.
For complete guidelines, visit their website.

I've submitted a few flash pieces and have gotten some kind rejection e-mails from Editor/Publisher/Webmaster Mark Budman. Maybe I'll try again this submission period. How about you? I know some of my regular visitors are great at writing humor.


  1. Hey Donna....thanks for posting this. It sounds really interesting! I love checking out your blog because you always have great contests and calls for submissions listed!

  2. Hi Becky,
    Thanks for your kind comments. I try to keep up with what's going on and share markets with my writing friends.
    And I LOVE your blog. Listening to the music you've selected while reading about writing and what's going on in your life is great fun!

  3. Thanks, Donna! You are the biggest fan of my blog! Did you check it out today? I listed some contests, too.

  4. What a dope I am. Did anyone else notice that today is TUESDAY, and I posted the Monday market today? These holidays mess me up.
    Sorry about that!


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