Written by Emily Harstone April 29th, 2015

One Story: Accepting Submissions

One Story publishes one short story every three weeks. They have a print and e-versions of the story that they publish. Often the published story is accompanied by an interview with the author of the story.

They have published a number of respected and best selling authors including Elizabeth Gilbert, B.J. Novak, Stephen O’Connor, and Aimee Bender.

One Story pays all their contributors $500 per story and they also offer 25 contributor copies.

One Story is respected, they have published a large number of established authors, and they pay. Also they only publish one story every three weeks. As you might imagine they have a very small acceptance rate. But it is higher than a market like the New Yorker or Glimmer Train.

They do not accept reprints, unless the work has only been previously published in print outside of North America. If they accept your work you agree to grant them first rights to publish in North America. After the work is published all rights revert to you.

Stories should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words in length. They accept all submissions through their online submission manager. They do not accept postal submissions.

Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file. Files must be PDF or RTF formatted.

They try to respond to every submission within three months. They do not offer personal feedback on stories.

To learn more visit their website here.


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