Today I want to tell you guys about one of my new favorite journals: One-Story. I had found that however much journal publishing is good for building a writer’s reputation, I struggled to read through an entire journal myself. It was tiresome to me to have all these tiny encapsulated worlds and I would never get to the stories at the end of the volume. Then came along One Story and my life got much happier.
One Story is a publication that comes out every three weeks and is exactly what it sounds like: a single story in a small volume. As their website states: Each issue of One Story 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. And its so true. I actually read these, and they are wonderful. It presents a broad range of writing, from magically real, borderline fairy tales, and even a graphic novella last time. I began my subscription back during AWP and I was reserving judgement on them until I had gotten to read a few of them. I can now say, I enjoy their selections and it is a form of literary journal that I can actually stand to read.
So, if you’re like me and find the larger journals tiresome, take a look at this one. I think you’ll find yourself pleasantly entertained every three weeks.