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Join us in printing One Teen Story, a lit-mag featuring great short stories by professional writers for readers of young adult fiction.

Published by the award-winning nonprofit One Story, One Teen Story will be a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. Each issue will feature one amazing short story about the teen experience. With your help, One Teen Story will launch in September 2012.

Because One Story, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Facts:

  • One Teen Story will be a subscription-only publication: a story-of-the-month club for teens.
  • One Teen Story will be available in print, but also digitally—on iPad, Kindle, and cell phones.
  • One Teen Story will publish 9 issues a year, from September to May.
  • The first 8 issues will be by top Young Adult authors, such as Gayle Forman and Gregory Maguire.
  • The 9th issue will be by a teen author, the winner of One Teen Story’s annual Story Contest for writers age 14-19.
  • Each season of One Teen Story will be designed by a different graphic artist, giving the magazine a cool, hip look. The 2012-2013 season will be designed by Stefan Lawrence.
  • Each issue will feature linked online content, including an educational section for teachers.
  • Individual subscriptions to One Teen Story start at $18. Group and classroom subscriptions are discounted and can be ordered here.
  • One Teen Story will launch with a homecoming dance on September 18, 2012. This benefit will take place at Littlefield in Brooklyn and will be a bookend event of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Tickets for this grownup homecoming dance (21+ please) are $25.

Why should I support One Teen Story?

There is currently no literary magazine for readers of young adult literature that features work by established and emerging YA writers. While there are some great magazines for children like Stone Soup and Highlights, those magazines are geared towards readers under 13. One Teen Story will be for both adults and teens age 14 and older who enjoy reading young adult fiction.

Everyone is reading young adult! While the publishing industry continues to struggle, top-selling YA novels such as Twilight and The Hunger Games have proven that today, adults and teens are reading the same books and loving them. Wonderful, thought-provoking stories are being written by YA authors, but there is currently no venues bringing great short fiction to this booming young adult audience. One Teen Story aims to fill this gap.

One Teen Story will be designed for the classroom. With each issue, there will be an educational component online, giving tools for teachers to use in class and giving readers a chance to delve deeper into the author’s creative world.

One Teen Story will launch the careers of young writers. Each year, one writer (age 14-19) will be published in One Teen Story as the winner of our short story contest for teens. Our 1st winner, chosen by judge Gayle Forman is Nicole Acton. Her story, “Night Swimming,” will be published as the May 2013 issue of One Teen Story.

There is always time to read One Teen Story. For the past 10 years, One Story magazine has proven that the single issue format is a winner. It’s easy, portable, and makes reading fun. One Story is now one of the top literary magazines in the country, with over 15,000 subscribers. It’s time to share this engaging format with a wider audience, and bring the brilliant work being done by today’s YA authors to fans of the short story.

What is this Kickstarter project funding?

We are currently raising funds to cover the printing costs of One Teen Story’s first year. This will allow us to be not only a digital publication but an old-fashioned magazine that comes in the mail. It will also provide us with the financial stability to promote One Teen Story and make its launch a success.

Starting a new magazine is always risky, but with your help we can make One Teen Story a reality, introducing young adult readers to contemporary short fiction, while inspiring teen writers and providing an exciting new venue for young adult authors to showcase their work.

Please join us in publishing One Teen Story today.

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    You'll get 5 hand-stamped One Teen Story note cards to send notes to your BFF and our eternal gratitude.

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    You'll get a copy of the first ever issue of One Teen Story, "The Deadline," by Gayle Forman and the note cards, and our eternal gratitude.

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    You'll get one copy of each of our first two issues, by Gayle Forman and Gregory Maguire, plus a hand written thank you from Editor Pei-Ling Lue or Publisher Maribeth Batcha, and all of the rewards above.

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    You'll get a full year subscription to One Teen Story. That's 9 monthly issues from September through May. Your first two issues will arrive in October with all of the above rewards.

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    Your name will appear as a benefactor on the masthead of one issue of One Teen Story. Plus you'll get all of the rewards above!

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    You'll get two tickets to our homecoming dance in Brooklyn on September 18 (Ages 21 & up only, please!) Plus you'll get all of the rewards above.

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    By funding 10% of our project, you'll join our virtual editorial team. Your name will appear on the masthead of 5 issues, and we'll send you signed copies of 5 issues of One Teen Story, plus you'll get all of the rewards above!

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    Your name will appear as the sole issue sponsor on the back cover ad of an issue of One Teen Story. The acknowledgement will read: "This issue of One Teen Story was generously sponsored by Your Name Here." You'll also get a framed copy signed by the author for you to keep. Plus you'll get all of the rewards above!

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    You'll get edited!! One Teen Story editor Pei-Ling Lue, who has edited several award-winning stories, will read a short story of yours and give you two round of edits and a final read on the piece. She'll give you suggestions as to where you might send it. Plus you'll get all of the rewards above.

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