At Home Visits with Adopted Stories

With just a few days left until our 11th Anniversary, over 130 stories have been adopted by our incredible fans. They are enjoying fresh air, companionship, cowboy boots, and a bit of sibling rivalry. Won’t you adopt one too?

To do so just donate $25 or more online. Your adoption saves them from a life in a dusty drawer, and allows One Story to get more of these little guys out there in the world. Support us today. Adopt a story and send us a photo when you do!

Will You Come to the Dance with Me?

Please join us for a One Teen Story launch party and fundraiser on September 18, 2012 at Littlefield in Brooklyn. We’ll be celebrating our new magazine with a 21+ homecoming dance featuring drinks, a DJ, and a homecoming court including some of today’s top young adult authors: Matt de la Pena, Adele Griffin, Emmy Laybourne, Rebecca Stead, Martin Wilson, and Gayle Forman, author of One Teen Story’s inaugural issue, “The Deadline.”

As for the King and Queen, well that can be you! All ticket buyers will be entered into a royalty drawing, as will anyone who supports us by shopping at the school store, buying a cookie at the bake sale, having a photo taken, or donating a small amount. Doors open at 8:00pm. The King and Queen will be crowned at 10:00.

This event is a Bookend Event of The Brooklyn Book Festival. Tickets for the dance are a $25 donation and are on sale now online at Littlefield’s website. Get your tickets now, before they sell out!

Harper Perennial Summer Short Story Sale

Few things surpass the joy of discovering great new fiction with the July sunlight warming your face.  One thing that may make it better, though, is getting that enthralling new book for under two bucks.  Our sponsor and partner, Harper Perennial is offering thirteen of their favorite short story collections in digital edition for $1.99 each through the month of July. 

Collections of two One Story authors, Ben Greenman and Lydia Peelle, are included in the sale, as are works by Simon Van Booy, Deborah Willis, Holly Goddard Jones, Barb Johnson, Kevin Moffet, Rahul Mehta, David Vann, Justin Taylor and Valerie Larken. 

There’s still a week to go on the sale. To take advantage of these low prices and maybe find a new favorite story, visit the summer short story sale HERE!

One Story Authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival

It’s that time of year again – the Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, September 18th at Borough Hall in Brooklyn.

This year’s festival has an amazing lineup, one that’s full of panel discussions and reading. Many of the panels feature One Story authors.

The day starts early at 10:00 AM, with Seth Fried, author of issue #124 “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre”, discussing time travel with Diana Gabaldon and Samantha Hunt. At 2 PM, Terese Svoboda, author of issue #130 “Bomb Jockey” joins Esmeralda Santiago, John Sayles, and Marlon James to talk about writing historical fiction. If you prefer humor to history, check out a panel featuring Karen Russell, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schappell, whose “Joy of Cooking” recently appeared as One Story issue #152. Feeling sinful? Then you might want to watch Jennifer Egan, John Burnham Schwartz,Timothy Houlihan and James Hannaham of issue #121 “Interrupted Serenade”  discuss Unholy Paths to Redemption. Other One Story alumni participating in panels include: Roxana Robinson on family, A.M. Homes on story endings, Binyavanga Wainaina on memory, Kevin Wilson on odd protagonists, Kelly Link on crashing genres, and Patrick Somerville on post-apocalyptic fiction.

A complete list of events can be found at

We, of course will be there as well. Be sure to top by our booth (#30) to say hello and pick up a One Story five pack or Onesy for the literary babies in your life.

Interview with Dale Williams on BOMBLOG

If you haven’t yet read the interview with Dale Williams by Paul Morris on BOMBLOG, you’re missing out. Dale Williams‘s work has appeared at both One Story benefits and has been met each time with awe. The interview touches on Williams’s “Strugglers and Stragglers” series as well as his collaborative work with One Story author Ben Miller on his book Meanwhile, in the Dronx . . .. Morris describes Williams’s figures as ones that “broke my heart with their vulnerability.” I agree.

Nothing Trickles Down

Nothing Trickles Down by Dale Williams

Tennis, Love, Balls: A Review!

Cheston Knapp, author of "A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love"

For you tennis/sports/short story nuts out there, Long Island Tennis Magazine has a great review of OS author Cheston Knapp’s story “A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love,” which he published with us last year. Roland Garros may be a mere business week away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your tennis fix in the meantime, while reading about a great story and an ascending young writer.

Cheston Knapp is managing editor of Tin House magazine and executive director of the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Portland, OR, with the choices he’s made.

Marie-Helene Bertino Named a Center for Fiction Fellow!’re very proud to announce that OS Associate Editor (and all around swell lady) Marie-Helene Bertino has been selected as a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow. The inaugural honor, eligible to early career writers residing in New York City’s five boroughs whose work has shown promise of excellence, was bestowed upon just eight recipients who will hold the title over the next year. Among other benefits, each writer was awarded a grant of $3,000 as well as their own desk in the Center for Fiction’s Writers’ Studio in NYC. The winners were selected by a panel of five writers: Stefan Merrill Block, Michelle Hoover, Fiona Maazel, Drew Perry, and Patrick Somerville.

Marie’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII, The North American Review (Kurt Vonnegut Award 2007), Mississippi Review, Inkwell, The Indiana Review, American Short Fiction and West Branch. She received an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Review. She hails from Philadelphia and lives in Brooklyn. Upon finding out her daughter had received the Center for Fiction fellowship, Marie’s Mom called it “such a nifty thing to be a part of.”

Celeste Ng Joins the Pushcart Prize Party

More great award season news! OS author Celeste Ng’s (Issue #86, “What Passes Over”) short story from the Fall 2010 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review, “Girls, At Play,” has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize this year.

You can follow Celeste by reading her blogs at  the Huffington Post and Fiction Writers Review, where she serves as a contributing editor. Or take a fiction class with her at Grub Street, a non-profit writing center in Boston. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Published by the Department of Medecine at NYU Langone Medical Center and created in the tradition of Bellevue Hosptial, the Bellevue Literary Review showcases fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that utilizes ideas of the human body, illness, health and healing, as a starting point for illumiating the human experience.

Peter Straub at The Center for Fiction

Tonight, One Story and The Center for Fiction present a craft lecture with Peter Straub! As a writer who transcends genre, Straub will lecture on how to write compelling fiction in any vein. Straub is a poet, short story writer, and was named the Grand Master of Horror at the 1998 World Horror Convention. One Story subscribers attend events for free! So put down your cheap scares and red food coloring and make way for the Master.

Interview with 2011 Debutante, Seth Fried April 29th, at our 2nd Annual Literary Debutante Ball, One Story will be celebrating five One Story authors who have published their debut books over the past year. As a lead up to the event, we thought it would be a fun idea to introduce our Debs through a series of interviews on their debut book experiences.

This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Seth Fried, author of The Great Frustration (Soft Skull Press), a fantastic collection, due out next month, that includes the story he published with One Story, “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre.

The Great Frustration is a sparkling debut, equal parts fable and wry satire. Seth Fried balances the dark—a town besieged, a yearly massacre, the harem of a pathological king—with moments of sweet optimism—researchers unexpectedly inspired by discovery, the triumph of a doomed monkey, the big implications found in a series of tiny creatures. Fried’s stories suggest that we are at our most compelling and human when wrestling with the most frustrating aspects of both the world around us and of our very own natures.

1) How did you celebrate when you found out your first book was going to be published?

I was traveling with friends in Colombia when I got the news. We had just finished a rafting trip on the Rio Chicamocha near San Gil and had headed north to Cúcuta. We arrived in the evening, and when I checked my messages I found out that Soft Skull had agreed to publish my book. It just so happened that our arrival coincided with a local festival, so my friends and I commemorated the news by joining in the celebrations. We all drank lots of aguardiente, laughed, and sang songs until the sun came up.

Kidding. I’ve never done anything even remotely like that. The above anecdote was pieced together using Wikipedia.

Here is what actually happened: I randomly woke up one day at five in the morning. I stumbled over to my computer in my underwear and found an email waiting for me from my agent telling me that Soft Skull wanted to publish The Great Frustration (she usually calls with good news, but was traveling at the time). I nodded approvingly, and then went back to bed for a celebratory six more hours of sleep.

2) Your collection includes, “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,” which you published with us in One Story. What happened from when you published in One Story to when your first book was accepted?

Lots of stuff. Appearing in One Story is a very unique experience. By the time “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre” was getting ready to come out, I had already been lucky enough to have published work in some of my favorite magazines. So I figured I was more or less prepared for what it would be like to have something run in One Story. But unlike other magazines, One Story has everyone reading just your story. The response ends up being sort of overwhelming. When “Frost Mountain” appeared, I had more people approach me about my writing in just that first week than I ever had before. The story was eventually awarded a Pushcart Prize, short-listed in Best American Short Stories, and anthologized in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010. So yeah, lots of stuff. I’m incredibly grateful to One Story and am convinced that the success of “Frost Mountain” was a significant help in finding my book a home.

3) During the editing of, The Great Frustration, was there any single piece of advice you received or perhaps remembered from earlier in your career that helped ease the process?

I’m not sure if this is something I came up with myself or something someone told me: Whether you’re working with a book editor or a magazine editor, I think it’s a great idea to wait a while before responding to edits (time permitting). I routinely break this rule and am routinely embarrassed after the fact. I end up sending these really passionate emails about stuff that doesn’t matter. When I wait to respond, I usually end up seeing the value in a suggestion or coming up with an effective compromise.

4) You do a great job of staying connected with your readers through fun material like story trailers on your blog. If you were inclined to make a trailer for your career so far, what do you think it might look like?

5) What are you looking forward to the most about the One Story Literary Debutante Ball on April 29th?

I went to the ball last year and this happened: I was having an animated conversation with my friend and I gesticulated in such a way that I accidentally threw my beer bottle onto the ground. Fortunately it was empty, but I still had to pick up shards of glass while pretty much every writer I’ve ever heard of watched me. So this year I’m really looking forward to that not happening.

Also, the ball was a lot of fun in general. I’m looking forward to catching up with all the cool people I met last year and meeting some new people as well. With any luck no one will ask me, “Hey, aren’t you beer bottle guy?”

For more information about The Great Frustration , check out Soft Skull’s website. Or read more about Seth at his author website, Seth Fried’s Bare-Minimum-Blog Blog.