The Dissection Question Cover
Read Issue #310

The Dissection Question

By Emma Cairns Watson

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.

Read More
You Can Be More Cover
Read Issue #309

You Can Be More

By Kavi Yaga

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.

Read More

Applications Are Open for Our In-Person Summer Conference

Poets House
New York, NY

July 29-August 2

Learn more and apply

Subscribe to One Story

Get a subscription to One Story and you’ll get one great short story in the mail each and every month.

Join our story-of-the-month club

Subscribe for Just $10

Save May 1 for our Literary Debutante Ball

The Literary Debutante Ball returns to Brooklyn. We hope you’ll support us at our largest fundraiser.

Come to the Ball

It Came from Beyond… with Manuel Gonzales

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

Learn more and Register
Railroads Cover
Read Issue #74


By Luna Hou

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.”

Read More

Check out our Award-Winning Stories

Each year, stories from One Story are selected as among the best of the year by various anthologies and prizes. We’ve even won a few prizes ourselves.

Awards and Honors

Become a member of our Patron Circle

Members of our Patron Circle support One Story with annual donations. They allow us to innovate, plan, and grow. As a thanks, they receive subscriptions, class discounts, and more.

Join Today

Revise with Hannah Tinti

Ready to Revise? Learn techniques and exercises to help bring your work to the next level.


Start Revising Right Away

Beginner Fiction Workshop with Rita Chang-Eppig

In this six-week online workshop, designed for writers without significant workshop experience, each participant will workshop a short story or novel excerpt.

Meets Weekly
April 16-May 26

Register today

2024 Craft Lecture Series

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

Register today

Twelve Questions to Structure Your Writing with Francesca Lia Block

This three-week online reading-group will provide a close analysis of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Meets Weekly
April 1 – 15

Register today

About One Story

One Story began in 2001. Hannah Tinti and Maribeth Batcha saw short stories disappearing from high-profile print publications and smaller literary magazines folding.

Our Story

One Story Submissions are Currently Closed

We will reopen in spring 2024.

Read our Guidelines

For Publishers: Submission Manager

One Story provides a submission management system to other publishers at no cost.

Learn More

Back Issue Archive

One Story never publishes an author twice. We’ve published more than 300 stories in over 20 years.

Browse our Archive