20 August 2006

One Story

I'm going to indulge in a moment of self-promotion to promote something much more interesting and worthy than me: the marvelous magazine One Story, which will be publishing a story of mine this fall (probably in October).

There are lots of reasons to love One Story, even if you hate me. There is, for instance, the fact that they have published such fine writers as Kelly Link, Judy Budnitz, Alan DeNiro, Stephen Dixon, Binyavanga Wainana, Gregory Maguire, and many others. Their format is great fun -- living up to their title, they publish a single story in each issue, as a sort of chapbook. They're portable, convenient, not overwhelming, and sometimes even kind of cute. They have a blog. They tend to win awards. (Indeed, I first became aware of them when judging the Fountain Award, which this year they ended up winning.) At the AWP Conference in March, they had rubber duckies in an inflatable swimming pool, for no reason I could quite figure out except that rubber duckies and inflatable swimming pools were exactly what the staid halls of AWP needed. And editor Hannah Tinti gives extraordinarily useful feedback (or at least she did for me).

Therefore, today's Public Service Announcement is a simple but heartfelt one: One Story is awesome. Don't be afraid to subscribe!

16 comments:

  1. "There are lots of reasons to love One Story, even if you hate me."

    Oh, good.

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  2. oops, that was me.

    jeff ford

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  3. Great news, Matt! Can't wait to see your story.

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  4. Yes, Mr. Ford, ever since I gave those photos you entrusted to my care to Mr. Bowes, you've hated me, haven't you?

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  5. Congrats, Matt!

    I can't wait to open up my mail and see your name!

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  6. Very glad to hear Matt. Can't wait to fondly recall about knowing you way back when ...

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  7. In perfect fairness and as a friend of you both, I must say that Mr. Ford hated you long before you gave me those pictures of a delicate and personal nature.

    rick bowes

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  8. That is so cool. I can't wait to read your story Matt.

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  9. Well done, Matt. It's a very cool journal.

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  10. Hey, that's great! I love One Story.
    You get a whole little book to yourself!

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  11. Matt,

    Congrats - that's an unbelievably cool place to sell a story.

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  12. You have a story in a journal that won an award that you judged?


    Ohhhhkay.

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  13. A story from the magazine won an award this year when I was not a judge for it, though we did shortlist a story from it my year. (The story that won the year I was on the jury for the Fountain was published by an editor who before and after rejected work I submitted to her.) I don't know if Hannah even knew I'd served on the Fountain jury when she accepted the story. If writers were banned from ever submitting to markets that were shortlisted or even won awards the writer was on the jury for, people would have to choose between ever submitting their work anywhere, or being on awards juries. One Story gets enough submissions that they really don't need to accept stories for any reason other than liking them, and I have enough respect for the editors I submit to that I would be angry to have anything I wrote accepted for any reason other than that it was something they thought deserved to be published. To do otherwise is to do a disservice to writers, readers, and the integrity of the publication.

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  14. That was honest and upfront of you. Thank you for clarifying your involvement with OneStory, etc. Congrats on your acceptance, as well.

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  15. Oh hurrah. Good stuff, Matt.

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