One Story stands in solidarity with the protests that have been happening across the country and throughout the world. We are outraged and saddened by the violence and oppression that has systematically devastated the lives of Black individuals and the Black community as a whole. We have also been closely following the conversations that have been taking place about race and inequity in the publishing industry, and we have been engaging in deep dialogues with our own staff, volunteers, authors, and board.
In order for structural change to happen, it must happen at all levels, from the Big 5 publishers to small nonprofits like ours. With this in mind, and in order to keep ourselves accountable, we would like to share the steps that One Story is currently taking to increase the inclusivity of our organization as a whole. We are committed to the following:
- Expanding our editorial staff, volunteer readers, and instructors to make One Story more representative and inclusive.
- Consciously seeking out and consistently publishing more work of BIPOC writers in our pages.
- Launching a paid, extended editorial apprentice program, giving BIPOC students and recent graduates an opportunity to learn about all aspects of a small literary publisher and forge connections with peers and potential future employers in the industry.
We will have more news about each of these initiatives very soon. In the meantime, CLMP, an organization of which we are a proud member, has put together this comprehensive list of literary organizations whose founding missions are to support and champion the writing of people of color. We urge you to have a look, share it widely, and if you can, support these independent publishers and the important work they do.
Maribeth Batcha & Hannah Tinti
One Story Co-Founders
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