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Announcing the 2022 Adina Talve-Goodman Fellow: Ani Cooney

Together with the Talve-Goodman family, One Story is pleased to announce our 2022 Adina Talve-Goodman Fellow: Ani Cooney. A UCLA and VONA alum, Ani Cooney is the winner of a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize and a Manuel G. Flores Prize from the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and can be found in Best Debut Short Stories: The PEN America
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On Balconies –

Everybody loved Berlin except for me and Emory. From my rented bed I could hear the others laughing in the streets. I’d pass the empty bottles on the curbs, lined up like tiny cities for the homeless to collect. Where New York had rooftops; Berlin had balconies, and everywhere I went I was sad and dumb and twenty-two—an age that pretends to matter when it doesn’t. — Emory and I
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What the Tide Returns –

She counts the children as they come through the door—one, two, and three—to reassure herself that they are hers. She can’t say just how happy she is to see them; she’s missed them all summer long. She hardly recognizes them; they’re browner than ever before, and somehow warmer to the touch. She hugs them and her hands come away coated with fine grains of sand.  Both boys come back taller
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Balikbayan –

Two of my uncles hoisted the balikbayan box out of the truck bed. I heard the package hit the ground even though I was ten meters away, sitting on the porch, where I always sat. My seven younger cousins played with marbles in the shade, but when my uncles waved them over, they raced across the driveway to swarm the gift like moths around a fire. My aunts and uncles
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One Teen Story Issue #68: Ethan Luk’s “The Frame Between Us”

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time for us to publish the third and final winner from One Teen Story’s 2020 Teen Writing Contest. With over 450 entrees to read and consider—the most we’ve ever received—our goal was to pick an outstanding story in each age category: 13-15, 16-17, 18-19. The task wasn’t easy because there’s a tremendous amount of talent out there among our teen writers, but
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One Story Issue #284: Rémy Ngamije’s “The Seven Silences of the Heart”

Our final issue of the year was acquired and edited by contributing editor Maaza Mengiste, so the honor of introducing it to you is hers. Here’s Maaza! — PR It’s not every day that I find myself on unsteady, exhilarating ground when reading a story, but this is what happened when I encountered Rémy Ngamije’s genre-defying and poignant “The Seven Silences of the Heart.” This story is about many things,
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Rockaway –

In May, Amy called to say she was squatting in the caretaker’s quarters of the Rockaway Motel. She needed her car; she wanted to sell it. When I pulled her old Volvo wagon into the dusky parking lot, I could see it had once been a nice getaway: empty pool in the middle of a courtyard surrounded by a clutch of cabins. Thick stands of pitch pine protected the motel
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10 Best Children’s Story Books To Help Them Have Sweet Dreams – Bedtimeshortstories

Bedtime can be really baffling for parents, especially ones with toddlers. Handling the child’s need for companionship, protection and on the other hand, sleep often turns out to be quite a complex exercise for many. A lot of parent surveys quote, “Getting the child to bed on time every night is like a recurring nightmare for them.” As a resolve to this, parents follow a variety of bedtime rituals all
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The Chimp –

Down slid the chimp. Not quite like a fireman, more hand-over-hand because the pole inside the four-foot-wide acrylic cylinder running floor-to-ceiling in the middle of my apartment had branches. Surely, shit piled on the floor below – the chimp is good at tearing off his diaper – but the beauty of it was I couldn’t see it or smell it, and the rent was great because the chimp’s owner kept
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A Normal Thanksgiving … Finally – Short Stories

It's beginning to look like a more typical holiday season this year. Like everyone else, we did not get to spend Thanksgiving with our children and grandchildren last year.Missing an almost entire year of holidays with our family has made me rethink how I want to cherish every moment I have with them in the future.Let me explain. If you have ever read the story of Mary and Martha in