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One Story is an award-winning, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit literary publisher committed to supporting the art form of the short story and the authors who write them—through One Story, One Teen Story, education, community, and mentorship.

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  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    3 months*
    Editor reported data
    92 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 3000

Max words: 8000

Sub Genres: Literary

Payment: $ 500


Payment: $ 500

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.

  • Author's rights

    One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.

  • Additional info

    Pays! $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication. No free examples online If a story has been published in print outside of North America, it will be considered. We close when we reach our submissions cap of 2000. If you don’t see a magazine submission opportunity on our Submittable page, it means we have reached our cap and submissions are now closed. We will open for submissions again in the fall.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

92 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

4 days

Fastest response time

275 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 634 days, 507 days

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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One Story began in 2001. Hannah Tinti and Maribeth Batcha saw short stories disappearing from high-profile print publications and smaller literary magazines folding. They knew that with fewer venues for short fiction, emerging writers would have a hard time getting noticed, and short stories could f...

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    Editor Patrick Ryan avatar

    Patrick Ryan


    Editor Maribeth Batcha avatar

    Maribeth Batcha

    Co-Founder & Publisher

    Editor Hannah Tinti avatar

    Hannah Tinti

    Co-Founder & Executive Editor