We attended the conference every year after that and each time we did we felt refreshed about the state of publishing, enthusiastic about our wild idea of letting just one short story stand on its own, and proud of how much we do on a shoestring budget. Last week in Seattle, over 10 years after that first AWP, we were honored with the
for recognizing the work that we do, and for the work they do in bringing writers, writing programs, and publishers together.
We’re a small staff of mostly volunteers so recognition like this means a lot to us. So, thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, from those of you who just stopped by the booth at AWP to share some writing advice and chat, to our subscribers, to our readers, writers, and supporters. And of course thanks to our fellow nominees, The Cincinnati Review
and Creative Nonfiction,
and all of the other small publishers and presses for continuing on the journey with us.
We’ll see you all next year in Minneapolis!
What a year it’s been at One Story. We’ve published 15 more great works of fiction in One Story, seen One Teen Story through its first full year, launched a membership program, and expanded our educational offerings both online and in person.
At the start of each one of these classes, Editor in Chief Hannah Tinti asks her students: How did you feel the first time you read your favorite book? We keep the answers to this question on a giant post-it note in our office.
These words remind us why we do what we do. How we want every reader to feel when they pick up an issue of One Story or One Teen Story. Connected to other readers. Understood by the author. Alive. Excited to be reading, smart and transported to a whole new world.
I am writing to ask you to include One Story in your end of year giving.
Your support will help us when we struggle to pay rent, our authors, and printer bills. Most important, it will ensure that One Story keeps fighting the good fight for literature in 2014 and beyond.
Please support One Story today. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Donate before the end of the year and we’ll send you a replica of our Post-it to inspire you in 2014.
We started One Story as a lark, really, and now our lark has grown to have a sister publication for Teens, an education department, and a community (you) that continues to surprise us with its commitment, good humor, and dedication to what we do.
Last week we launched a new membership program. We did this as a way to strengthen our community and as a way to recognize how all of the parts of our organization are intertwined. We did not set out to create a growing nonprofit, but we have, and we feel terribly committed to ensuring it succeeds in the world.
Our members will help us do that. They’ll also get subscriptions to our magazines, discounts to our educational programs, and a chance to join us for members only events. They’ll also help us as we shape our future. We hope that our members will act as our sounding board and our literary boots on the ground, and will help us ensure that One Story continues to drive forward, and not ride into the sunset.
We feel both lucky and proud of the broad base of support we have found. Unlike most literary magazines of our size, we have no one large funder or organization supporting us. We are supported by our readers, by grants from organizations and corporations, by one time donations, and now, we hope, by members.
If you can, please become a member today. Your support will help us focus on the work we do, and not solely on the bottom line.
This weekend One Story and One Teen Story will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival and we’re inviting you stop by our booth, say hello and join us for a brief writing boot camp session led by our four-star general, Editor-in-Chief Hannah Tinti.
Hannah will lead you in a fifteen-minute writing workout. Prepare to sweat semicolons.
Where: Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn Borough Hall
Time: 11:30 – 11:45
You’ll need: A pen and paper
At our table we’ll have back issues, information about our new education series and sign-ups for our week-long, online writing boot camp.
We’ll also have information about Hannah’s One Story master class (link to HT Master Class) – the first to be held in the One Story office in the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn. Applications for this workshop are due on September 30. There are only 10 spots, so apply today!
See you at the Book Festival!
It’s unusually chilly in Brooklyn and I’m in the office alone taking care of some of the business of running One Story. I can be a procrastinator, so today I am procrastinating with gratitude.
Twelve years ago Hannah Tinti and I decided to give this one-story-at-a-time thing a go. It was a leap of faith that’s turned into an incredible partnership and an amazing community.
I’m feeling grateful right now for Hannah, for our supporters, our readers, and the writers who have trusted us with their submissions and their work. I’m grateful for our incredible team who keep this project moving forward. It has not always been easy – doing what you love rarely is – but it has always been an adventure.
Issue 184 is headed off to the printer soon. It’s a true science fiction piece by Amy Brill, a first for us. After 12 years it’s good to know that there is always something new to be done, and that there is still hope and joy to be found in publishing the written word.
Thank you all.
Want to write a great short story by the end of this month? The editors at One Teen Story, our sister publication, have created a week-long, online Boot Camp to help you do just that.
Our Writing Boot Camp will kick off on September 22nd. The best part? Registration for the class is just $25!
Register now (link to boot camp page) and on September 22, you will receive a list of ingredients to include in your story. You’ll also get a list of inspiring rules to follow and some helpful dos and don’ts created by our editors. Each day after that you’ll receive an email giving you tips on one area of craft.
Thursday: Going Deeper
Friday: Beginnings and Endings: Revision Tricks
On Sunday, September 30, we’ll open up our submission manager for just 2 days to allow participants to submit their work to our Boot Camp Results feature on our blog. We’ll post 3 full stories and include great sentences we find in others. It’s the perfect way to get a first draft down.
We’re so excited about this Boot Camp that we’ll be doing the exercise along with you. We’ll be posting our progress on our blog, and our editors will check in daily to answer questions.
Ready to write? Register today!
P.S. All kinds of writers are welcome! Our One Teen Story editors have created this boot camp, but the writing tips and exercises are applicable to all types of short stories.