We believe that community is essential. One Story fosters connections and builds rewarding, long-term relationships between our writers, readers, students, staff and supporters.

How One Story Builds Community

One Story draws people together, supports readers and writers, and does our best to make everyone feel like they belong. Our community is built around the transformative experience of short stories—whether it’s a subscriber connecting with a new voice on the page, an author being closely edited by our editors, a staff member being mentored in the nonprofit world, a group of students sharing work in our classes, or literary fans gathering at one of our events.

"To me, One Story is the Platonic ideal of a literary journal: it's not just a ship-shape nonprofit organization populated by smart, kind literary folks; it's also a well-oiled machine that produces fun, collectible little journals and one super excellent annual party." Rachel Lyon, Author