Come to our Homecoming Fundraiser: Dance to Tiger Beat

Tiger Beat 12_5On Wednesday, October 2nd, One Teen Story is hosting a Homecoming Dance & fundraiser at 7pm at Littlefield (@622 Degraw Street in Gowanus Brooklyn). Please come in your best school dance attire.

The dance will be glorious, replete with the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen (it could be YOU), gorgeous outfits, and rad tunes. That’s right–we’re getting TIGER BEAT, the splendid live band made up of YA authors, Natalie Standiford, Libba Bray, Barnabas Miller, and Dan Ehrenhaft AND DJ extraordinaire T Cole Rachel. We’re prepared to help you kings, queens, court, and loyal peons, dance the night away!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All proceeds will go to support One Teen Story as it enters its second year of publishing great YA short stories, one at a time.

Want to know more about Tiger Beat?
Check out these videos and articles, or just read their bio:

A history of rock icons: Tiger Beat
After meeting while still in elementary school in New York, four future YA authors formed Tiger Beat. The band rose to the pinnacle of the rock scene in 2008 with their debut album, Where’s the F*%ing Food Court?  Their latest album, Gonzo Was Robbed, weaves Libba Bray’s politically charged lyrics with Dan Ehrenhaft’s arena-ready power chords, Natalie Standiford’s face-melting bass riffs, and Barnabas Miller’s searing drumming, to churn out a genre defining album chocked full of fist-pumping rock, tinged with after notes of dysfunction and identity confusion.  With standout tracks like “Baby, NO!” already certified platinum in Turkey, Tiger Beat can count on loads of future success.

And here’s a little about Cole, our DJ.

T COLE RACHEL is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Interview, V, OUT, Numero, Purple, and The New York Times Magazine. His books include Surviving the Moment of Impact and Bend, Don’t Shatter. He is also a part-time bartender and collector of ceramic cats.

Aliens, Love, Dystopia: A Contest Update

may-the-odds-ever-be-in-your-favorHello, contest submitters! Have you been wondering about the status of your submitted story? Here’s a bit of an update!

First of all, believe me when I say that we feel so honored and lucky to read such fantastic work by so many incredible young folks.

We’ve read stories about alien love, stories about anxiety-ridden journeys, stories about identity, sex, loss, aging rock stars, overwhelmed hospital interns, and travels to faraway lands both mythic and dystopic. We’ve read heartbreaking stories of grief, inspiring stories of courage, and complex stories of familial love, hurt, and healing.

Somehow, we have managed to winnow the 350-plus contest entries down to a select group that particularly moved or thrilled us. In the next couple of days, we are pushing the chosen twelve forward through the Hunger Games–I mean, the submission process. Though all are valiant contenders, only one will be selected as victor by judge Matt de la Peña.  The announcement will be made on September 1st.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Contest Deadline 6/30! Learn about Judge Matt de la Peña!

Hello, readers!

The end of our contest is FAST APPROACHING, and by FAST APPROACHING, I mean you have less than one week to submit your fabulous stories!

The contest will be judged by Matt de la Peña. This is him:

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When we published Passing Each Other in Halls, we asked Matt for writerly advice. He said:

“Get out of the way! Writers like me (especially when I was younger) want to show off on the page. Hey, look what I can do. Did you just read that sick line I came up with? As I get more mature as a writer, though, I realize that my job as a writer is to get out of the way and let the story be the star.”


Isn’t he great? Aren’t you excited to have your work read by him? We thought so. Here are contest details:

The contest judge will be by Matt de la Peña, author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t LieMexican WhiteBoyWe Were Here, and I Will Save You. He is also the author of One Teen Story issue #6, “Passing Each other in Halls”. The winning story will be published in the May 2014 issue of One Teen Story. Contest winners will receive $500, 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work, and a 28” x 20” poster of the cover featuring their story. The winner of the contest will also have the opportunity to edit his/her story for publication with a One Teen Story editor. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 14-15, 16-17, and 18-19-year-olds.


  • To enter, you must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of May 31, 2013. Please include your date of birth in the “comments” section of the Submission Manager!
  • Short stories should be between 1,500 to 4,000 words and be the writer’s own original, unpublished work.
  • Previously published stories and stories forthcoming at other publications cannot be considered.
  • No entry form or fee is required.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • One Teen Story reserves the right to publish the story in the form we choose. A parent must sign a consent form for One Teen Story to publish the names of the winner and honorable mentions on our web site.
  • You must submit through our online Submission Manager.

Deadline:  June 30, 2013

We will announce the contest winner by September 1, 2013. Good luck!

Come Join Us For Lit Crawl 2013!

One Teen Story is launching our annual teen fiction contest at the Brooklyn Lit Crawl this Saturday, May 18th from 5:00-5:45 pm at Nunu Chocolates, located at 529 Atlantic Avenue (btw. 3rd & 4th ave.) in Brooklyn.

Julie Buntin, author of “Phenomenon,” an upcoming One Teen Story issue, will be reading an excerpt from her story. New York area teens will also be reading from their own work.

Editors from One Teen Story will be handing out writing tips, contest guidelines, and copies of Nicole Acton’s “Night Swimming,” the 2013 teen contest winning story.

Please stop by, say hello, and you’ll get a free copy of this beautiful story.


YA Panel at powerHouse Arena

Last Tuesday, November 27th, a group of young adult authors assembled at the beautiful and newly-recovered-from-Sandy (consider donating?) Brooklyn bookstore, powerhouse Arena. The authors read, the audience listened, and a lovely autumn evening was had by all.

David Levithan, acclaimed author of Boy Meets Boy, The Realm of Possibility, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and Every You, Every Me, read from his new book, Every Day, in which a genderless, raceless host wakes up in a different teenager’s body every day.

Alyssa Sheinmel, author of The Beautiful Between and The Lucky Kind, read from The Stone Girl, a haunting tale about a girl named Sethie who struggles with an eating disorder.

Robin Wasserman, author of a vast body of work including, but not limited to, the Seven Deadly Sins series, the Chasing Yesterday series, and the Skinned trilogy, read from her latest, The Book of Blood and Shadow, a mystery involving murder and an ancient manuscript.

Eliot Schrefer, author of Glamorous Disasters, The New Kid, and The School for Dangerous Girls, read from Endangered, a National Book Award finalist about bonobos and a girl who risks her life to care for one.

Adele Griffin (One Teen Story’s Homecoming Princess), author of two National Book Award finalists, Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, read from her newest book, All You Never Wanted, a raw, honest story about two sisters.

After the authors read their work, we moved to a question and answer session moderated by Julie Buntin, the lovely readings/events coordinator at powerHouse. The audience wanted to know about prevalent YA issues, such as whether the recent spike in adult readership of YA books changes the way that YA authors write (it doesn’t) and whether young adults make “stupid decisions” that could prove difficult to write about in earnest. All agreed that hopefully at any stage in life, people make stupid decisions because they sincerely feel at the time that they are the right choices.

This lead to some communal musing over the close-up lens of YA and voice when writing about the teen experience. “The feeling like you will never get out of it–” Robin said, “That’s not stupidity; it’s immediacy, and [writing in that voice isn’t] dumbing yourself down; it’s remembering.”

From there, the authors moved on to a discussion about outlines (Eliot always outlines; David never does) and to editing and cutting, and the oft-proposed writing advice to “kill your darlings,” first given by William Faulkner. David revealed that he often has to cut ‘really’ and ‘just’ because he “just doesn’t see them.”

“That’s actually weird,” Adele chimed in, “Because I always have to cut ‘actually’ and ‘weird’.

Will You Come to the Dance with Me?

Please join us for a One Teen Story launch party and fundraiser on September 18, 2012 at Littlefield in Brooklyn. We’ll be celebrating our new magazine with a 21+ homecoming dance featuring drinks, a DJ, and a homecoming court including some of today’s top young adult authors: Matt de la Pena, Adele Griffin, Emmy Laybourne, Rebecca Stead, Martin Wilson, and Gayle Forman, author of One Teen Story’s inaugural issue, “The Deadline.”

As for the King and Queen, well that can be you! All ticket buyers will be entered into a royalty drawing, as will anyone who supports us by shopping at the school store, buying a cookie at the bake sale, having a photo taken, or donating a small amount. Doors open at 8:00pm. The King and Queen will be crowned at 10:00.

This event is a Bookend Event of The Brooklyn Book Festival. Tickets for the dance are a $25 donation and are on sale now online at Littlefield’s website. Get your tickets now, before they sell out!