Which came first: The Campaign to Save Book Reviews or Save the Short Story? Established six years ago, the literary magazine One Story might say their mission to save the short story is the premier cause, effected through a purse- or pocket-sized format that encourages readers to imbibe each stand-alone story as both entertainment and art.
Furthering this endeavor is their restriction to publish an author just once, translating into a continual search for new voices. Between September and June, all writers, new and established, can submit their work.
Now coming upon their 100th issue, which are mailed every three weeks to now over 3000 subscribers, obviously much larger than when publisher Maribeth Batcha and editor Hannah Tinti first produced the publication from their apartments, One Story has also recently become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, cementing One Story into the American literary landscape. “In other words,” Batcha and Tinti say, “we’re growing up.”
“The twins were born eight minutes apart and died three days after one another, eighteen and twenty-one days after they had been born. For those three days, Becky and Arthur Blanton were closer than they’d ever been, knowing when the other needed water or coffee, comforting words or silence.
The day after the funeral, Arthur had to go back to work. While he was gone, checking hot dog packages as they came out of the chute, Becky threw away all of the twins’ toys and clothes. Arthur came home to a house emptied of color.
Most nights Arthur woke up at odd intervals, expecting to see another doctor avoiding his eyes. But it wasn’t until his feet hit the cold floor that he would be shaken from his dream, where the twins were still hanging on in their matching, purring incubators.”
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