In Emma Cairns Watson’s off-kilter tale “The Dissection Question,” 13-year-old Nadine tries to impress her friend Selby by signing up for an adult dating service—and gets both much more and much less than she ever expected.
In Kavi Yaga’s “You Can Be More,” a woman believes she is cursed with bad luck that afflicts those around her. Is there a cure? There might be, but it comes with a cost she hadn’t counted on.
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The Literary Debutante Ball returns to Brooklyn. We hope you’ll support us at our largest fundraiser.
Work with a small cohort to apply craft techniques from genre fiction to your writing. You’ll get weekly zoom lectures, opportunities for feedback, and more.
Thursdays, March 7-28
A second-generation Chinese American teen attempts to reconcile her new, emerging self with the deep roots of her culture and ancestry in Luna Hou’s Teen Writing Contest-winning story, “Railroads.”
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Ready to Revise? Learn techniques and exercises to help bring your work to the next level.
In this six-week online workshop, designed for writers without significant workshop experience, each participant will workshop a short story or novel excerpt.
April 16-May 26
Hone your craft in 2024 with live Zoom lectures from Fatima Kola, Michael Kardos, Anya Johanna DeNiro, Jackie Thomas-Kennedy, Gina Chung, and Alice McDermott.
Next Lecture: April 20
This three-week online reading-group will provide a close analysis of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
April 1 – 15
One Story began in 2001. Hannah Tinti and Maribeth Batcha saw short stories disappearing from high-profile print publications and smaller literary magazines folding.
We will reopen in spring 2024.
One Story provides a submission management system to other publishers at no cost.
One Story never publishes an author twice. We’ve published more than 300 stories in over 20 years.