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One Story [Kindle Edition]

by One Story LLC
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The color Kindle edition of One Story is now available on the Kindle Reading App for your Android device. Download issues at no extra cost from Archived Items.

One Story magazine features one great story every month. Because One Story never publishes an author more than once, you'll discover a great new writer in every issue.

Launched in 2002, One Story has quickly become one of the top American venues for short fiction. Of the 115 issues published between 2002 and 2008, almost half were selected as among the year's best by various anthologies and prizes, including Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. As The New York Times noted: "At a time when literary writing seems like a dying art, when little magazines are folding left and right, when publishers bemoan the sinking bottom line, here lies a spot of hope...It is called One Story."

Like the Kindle, One Story was designed to be portable and fun. Consider it your story of the month club - a way to sample the best new work from today's emerging and established writers.

The Kindle Edition of One Story contains the same content as the print edition. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to discover new authors 19 Sep 2011
By Eleanor TOP 500 REVIEWER
Subscribers to One Story will get a short story delivered to their Kindle every month. Each issue also contains an interview and a short biography of the author.

I have enjoyed all the stories and this magazine is an affordable way to discover new writing. So far all the stories have been by American authors (I think) as the magazine is published in the States.

The last five issues are summarized below:

Tiger by Nalini Jones
India-set story about a Catholic family with a passive-aggressive mother at the centre.

Water Party by Kristi Reilly
Story about an American NGO worker in Ethiopia.

Joy of Cooking by Elissa Schappell
A phone call between a mother and her anorexic daughter about how to cook a chicken.

Horse and Rider thrown into the Sea by James Zwerneman
Grenada-set story about a mother raising her son.

Who Cycles into our Valley by Benjamin Solomon
A father and son cycle on a tandem through Spanish countryside both lost in their own thoughts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small dose of quality literature on the go 15 May 2011
Every month I'm excited to get a new short story. I've had a subscription for 5 months now. Always different and always good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epiphany 14 May 2012
A review I wrote for another book was wrongly attributed to this book. I have deleted text, please ignore my 5 stars, I have not read this book. Apologies.
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129 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good So Far 16 Oct 2009
By S. Marston - Published on Amazon.com
I subscribed to One Story out of curiosity a couple months ago. I've read three stories so far. The stories are all very well written. Each issue includes an About the Author and some Q&A with the author.

I docked a star because I am still not exactly clear about the pricing and publishing schedule. It costs $1.49/month, but I thought I saw they are delivered every 3 weeks. The dates I listed below are the "publish" dates, not the dates they arrived on my Kindle, and they don't seem to be the same time apart. I see there's an Oct 6 issue on line, but it has not arrived on my Kindle yet (as of Oct 15)...

At any rate, to give an idea of what the stories are like, here are brief descriptions of the stories I've read so far.

Aug 10: "Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre," by Seth Fried, 4610 words
A surreal story about a town that turns out every year for an annual picnic outside of town. Each year some horrible, bizarre disaster happens, yet every year they go again. It's written somewhat in the style of "The Lottery", a short story we studied in school decades ago. The descriptions are bright and cheerful, but there many hints at these dark sinister forces at work that no one seems able to confront. I don't want to give away a lot of the story. This was a really unique story, and if they were all, or mostly, as original as this one, I'd say One Story is a bargain at twice the price.

Aug 30: "Desiderata," by Jennifer Haigh, 6174 words
A story about an aging widow and her relationship with her deceased husband and (platonicaly) with the retired janitor from the school at which her husband was the principal. Through the span of the story she discovers some things about her husband, and about herself, that she'd not known before. While this one was very well written, and I really enjoyed the ending, I've read too many other stories about aging widows looking back on their lives, such that I kept waiting to see what is unique about this one.

Sept 10: "Stag," by Rob McCarthy, 6553 words
Another quite unique story, centered on a recovered alcoholic young father who has recently separated from his alcoholic wife, for the sake of their five year old daughter. He moves into an abandoned house outside of town, hoping that the surrounding quiet and nature will be good for his daughter and their relationship. The title refers to a stag that appears in the middle of the story and takes a center role through the rest of the story. Again, I don't want to spoil anything. I didn't "enjoy" this story as much as the picnic one above, but not because it isn't a great story. It is very intense, and a bit emotionally wrenching, leaving me in a bad mood! This story incorporates some nice symbolism, and really beautifully ties the symbolism into the story line at the ending.

I especially enjoyed the Q&A with the authors at the ends of these stories. It is surprising to see what motivated them and where the elements come from.

I imagine you could google the authors or titles and learn more details about the stories on line.

I sense from the three I've read so far that the stories will cover all different genres and writing styles. If you enjoy taking a small gamble and reading different things, without knowing what they will be about in advance, definitely give One Story a try!
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Disappoint 7 Dec 2009
By Russell G. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
I've been getting One Story since August 2009. It is the Kindle magazine I most anxiously await. Sure, the charging/delivery schedule is a little off, but it doesn't affect the content. At $1.49 per month, who cares?

Each month I get to experience a new writer with a new story. I wasn't sure about this at first, but it's clear now that this is a terrific publication. It has yet to disappoint.

Some surprisingly talented writers are featured in One Story. I'm sure most are up-and-comers who will someday be widely recognized.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Story never fails to delight and intrigue! 11 Sep 2009
By Ms Hyperlexia - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a One Story subscriber for several years now and I'm always so happy when the next new story arrives. It's great to see this Kindle subscription now available - whatta concept!!! To have a brand-new short story wafted through the ether and into your futuristic reading device!!! Too cool for words.

Subscribe NOW. At a penny shy of a buck-fifty per story you can't afford NOT to! You won't be sorry. In fact, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. =)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find the time, one story a month, c'mon it's worth it 8 Jun 2010
By Rett01 - Published on Amazon.com
A prowling mountain lion may or may not be responsible for the carnage and disappearances that are occurring with surrealistic regularity in a corporate office park. Lust, jealousy, anger and a serve-by-serve replay of the famous Federer-Sampras 2001 Wimbleton matchup -from a ball boy's point of view. One family, two couples together in a house but separated by a generation. Then Hurricane Andrew intrudes.

Those are stories in recent issues of "One Story," the monthly magazine devoted to short fiction. All three are most likely by authors you don't know now, but are probably going to be hearing more from soon.

One story and no more each month. Plus an author interview. An author is published in "One Story" only once. That's a rule that ensures new voices, fresh takes and a big variety of literary tastes.

On the Kindle, "One Story" pops up every three weeks. I am charged $1.49. It's more or less my story-of-the month club. It is like subscribing to "The New Yorker." I feel compelled (motivated) to read. Put it off and another issue will be in the mail box next week and I don't want them to begin piling up. I know that another "One Story" will show up on my home page sooner than I expect and when it does it is going to overwrite the current story.

"One Story" editors have earned my trust. They have proven to be very good at choosing; expert at sifting and winnowing. I'm confident that their judgment and the shape they give to one story each month will result in a read I find compelling. Some stories, of course, are better than others. Each in its own way, however, has proven provocative and in some shape or fashion appealing. Put aside something less worthwhile. Put something off for a half hour. Everyone can find time for one story a month; everyone should.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to step out of the comfort zone 21 April 2010
By Carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
I've had a subscription for a few months now and I do enjoy the magazine. Some of the stories are not great but others leave me wanting to know what happens next. What I like most about the stories in this magazine is that you never know what you're going to get because so many genres are covered. For 1.49, I am guaranteed to make myself relax and read at least once each month.
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