Elizabeth has always raved about One Story, but I'm not really one for magazine subscriptions. Then, by chance, I happened to read the story that won Elizabeth's heart. I promptly subscribed; the magazine is that good.

Bookmouth has a very good interview with publisher Maribeth Batcha that offers background on the magazine, how it came to be, and some of her observations on fiction and publishing. To wit:
You were saying that there aren't a lot of places for short fiction, but there are a lot of journals out there.

Well, there are a lot of people out there doing really good stuff. There are a lot of new places, too. But there aren't a lot that are consumer targeted... Their audience is really small. Like all the university ones are tiny. So there are a ton of them, but they only reach like 300 or 500 people. And the major magazines are publishing less and less fiction. Ten years ago all the women's magazines published fiction. The men's magazines still do, but the women's don't.
How surprising -- not.

And, of course, I can't mention One Story without mentioning that editor Hannah Tinti (Cupcake, October '03) has an excellent book of short stories out, entitled Animal Crackers.


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