Skip to Content

One Story 849

See other projects related to this listing.

We list other projects with similar titles. Please ensure you report any submissions under the correct listing.


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. One Story is seeking literary fiction. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

Important: Postal submissions are only accepted from people who are incarcerated.
Submission Caps: They may close to submissions early if they reach their quota. Check before submitting.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2002

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 18 x per year.

Fiction Open


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Short Story Short Story3,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 8,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.


Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $500.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

One Story Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 285 reports from 251 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 98.3 mean avg | 70.0 median | 923 max days (97.3 std dev)
Responses90.17 %
Acceptances0.35 % of submissions accepted (172.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 0.40 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections89.82 % (92.1 avg. days per rejection) | 46.5 % personal, 35.9 % form, 17.6 % unspecified | 0.4 % shortlisted
Non-Responses9.83 %
Never Responded2.11 % (433.7 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals7.72 % (75.8 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending121 responses are pending (2 min | 11.0 mean avg | 12.0 median | 57 max days waiting | 5.5 std dev) from 121 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 90 days. (42.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 90 days.)
Submissions are acknowledged within 3 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 30 Apr 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 21 Oct 2023.

Work submitted here was also submitted to...

Fiction The Missouri Review; AGNI; Granta; STORY Magazine; The Sewanee Review; The Sun Magazine; New England Review; The New Yorker; Ploughshares; The Georgia Review; swamp pink; West Branch

Members accepted here also had work accepted by...

Fiction Insufficient data

Your Submissions

This section is available to subscribers only. Join today!


Last Updated: 14 May 2024
Last Audited: 25 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 14 Nov 2005

Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Duotrope listings do not imply endorsement or recommendation of the project being listed. Before submitting, you should use your own judgment to determine whether the project meets your standards.

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.