Saturday, September 26, 2009

One Story - Birthday Sweetness

I love this idea!! My B-day gift from Sarra is a subscription to One be described below. This is a thoughtful and creative gift - I can't wait to curl up with the very first one.
I also received yummies from Lush, and a gift too fancy pancy to show here from Jared:-)

One Story is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail. This story will be an amazing read.

Each issue is artfully designed, lightweight, easy to carry, and ready to entertain on buses, in bed, in subways, in cars, in the park, in the bath, in the waiting rooms of doctors, on the couch in the afternoon or on line at the supermarket.

One Story is available only by subscription.

We believe that short stories are best read alone. They should not be sandwiched in between a review and an exposé on liposuction, or placed after another work of fiction that is so sad or funny or long that the reader is worn out by the time they turn to it.

The experience of reading a story by itself is usually found only in MFA programs or writing workshops. This is a shame.

Besides, there is always time to read one story.

Maribeth Batcha, Publisher
Maribeth Batcha is the publisher and co-founder of One Story. She has worked in magazine circulation for over 15 years for titles including Diabetes Self-Management, Lingua Franca, University Business, The New York Review of Books, Working Mother, andThe Progressive. In addition to circulation consulting, she currently does marketing and development copywriting for not-for-profits, including the 92nd Street Y and the National Academy Foundation. She has a BA from New York University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, teaching a revisions tutorial in their MFA Program.

Hannah Tinti, Editor
Hannah Tinti developed her editorial skills working at literary agencies and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Boston Review and Washington Square. She earned her MA from New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, was sold in sixteen countries and was a runner up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, will be published in September 2008. For more information, please visit

Devin Emke, Webmaster
Devin Emke has been programming for the web since 1996. In addition to One Story, he has worked as webmaster and custom software developer for Rapaport Publishing and Viacom Interactive Services. In 2002 Devin built the custom web-based submission management system for One Story magazine that he later developed into Submission Manager.

Tanya Rey, Managing Editor
Tanya Rey is from the Miami area. She holds an MFA in fiction from New York University. Her work can be found online atMcSweeney's.

Pei-Ling Lue, Associate Managing Editor
Pei-Ling Lue was born in Oshima, Japan and arrived in New York at the age of five wearing a red hat. She holds an MFA from New York University and was a finalist for Fiction Magazine's contest for new writers. She teaches creative writing in Westchester County. In her other life, she is a Website Content Manager for Pei-Ling takes time every day to save the short story.

Marie-Helene Bertino, Assistant Editor
Marie-Helene Bertino's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXXIII, The North American Review (Kurt Vonnegut Award 2007), Mississippi Review (2007 Story Prize), Inkwell, The Indiana Review and Hotel Saint George Press. She received an MFA and The Himan Brown Award for Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She is one of those people who never pipe down about being from Philadelphia.

Elliott Holt, Reading Series Coordinator
Elliott Holt's short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in various places, including The Bellevue Literary Review and online at theKenyon Review and Esquire's Napkin fiction project. She is a 2007 graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA program, where she won the Himan Brown Award. She has been a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and has been a resident at Yaddo. She is working on a novel.

Andrew Crocker, Reader
Andrew Crocker is from the Washington D.C. Metro Area. He attended Harvard University and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at New York University. His interests include subway systems of the United States/world, the Lucky Strikes logo, and cruciverbalism.

Jesse Hassenger, Reader
Jesse Hassenger was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. He attended Wesleyan University and graduated in 2002; currently he lives in Brooklyn and is completing his MLS at Queens College. His short fiction has appeared in Brooklyn Review, Dirt, and Me Three; his film criticism appears in The L Magazine, PopMatters, and on For information on what albums he may or may not be listening to and how recently he's eaten cake, visit

Yuka Igarashi, Reader
Yuka Igarashi has worked as a researcher, a copywriter, and a book reviewer. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Columbia University, where she also teaches undergraduate academic writing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Aubrie-Ann Jones, Reader
Aubrie-Ann Jones was born in Illinois, brought up on the East Coast, has traveled to more than 40 countries, and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a mentor with the PEN American Prison Writing Program and an MFA candidate in fiction at The New School.

Sara Batkie, Intern
Sara Batkie grew up in the wilds of the Midwest, which she left almost immediately after graduating from the University of Iowa. She is now an MFA candidate in fiction at New York University, where she also teaches undergrads and helps coordinate the Emerging Writers reading series. She is working on a collection of short stories.

Look at all the awards!!

Best American Non-Required Reading 2009:
Best American Non-Required Reading 2009, “Notable Stories”:
Best American Mystery 2009:
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2009:
O. Henry Awards 2009:
Puschart Prize 2009: Best of the Small Presses:
Pushcart Prize 2009: Best of the Small Presses “Special Mention”:
Pushcart Prize 2008: Best of the Small Presses “Special Mention”:
O. Henry Awards 2007:
Best Non-Required Reading 2007, Shortlist:
Best American Short Stories top 100 “Notable Stories of 2007”:
Best American Fantasy 2007:
Best American Non-Required Reading 2006:
O. Henry Awards 2006:
Best American Short Stories 2006:
Pushcart Prize 2006: Best of the Small Presses “Special Mention”:
Best American Short Stories top 100 “Notable Stories of 2006”:
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best 2006:
Winner, Fountain Award 2005:
Runner up, Fountain Award 2005:
Best American Short Stories top 100 “Notable Stories of 2005”:
Best New American Voices 2005:
Pushcart Prize 2005: Best of the Small Presses “Special Mention”:
Best American Short Stories top 100 “Notable Stories of 2004”:
Best American Non-Required Reading 2004, short list:

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