Together with the Talve-Goodman Family, One Story is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for the 2020 Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship, which provides a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with One Story magazine.

This educational fellowship calls for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor ever has been enrolled in an MFA program. One Story is seeking writers whose work speaks to issues and experiences related to inhabiting bodies of difference. This means writing that explores being in a body marked by difference, oppression, violence, or exclusion; often through categories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, illness, disability, trauma, migration, displacement, dispossession, or imprisonment.

“Every day, Adina Talve-Goodman used her voice to amplify the voices of others,” said One Story Co-Founder Hannah Tinti. “With this fellowship, our hope is to honor her love of storytelling and vision for a better world by giving a writer outside the fold a significant boost in their writing career.”

Adina Talve-Goodman was raised in St. Louis and attended Clayton High School and Washington University. When she was 19 years old, Adina received a heart transplant, due to a congenital heart condition, and began writing about it. Adina started working at One Story magazine as an intern in April 2010 and later became Managing Editor. She supported emerging authors, helped organize donations to prisons, and had a strong interest in issues of embodied difference, illness, and suffering. In 2015, Adina won the Bellevue Literary Review’s Non-Fiction Prize with her essay, “I Must Have Been That Man.” She left One Story in 2016 to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was working on her first book when she was diagnosed with cancer. Adina passed away on January 12th, 2018. She was 31 years old.

In 2019 the first Adina Talve-Goodman Fellow, Nay Saysourinho, received a stipend and free writing classes, as well as a manuscript review. “I would like to thank the Talve-Goodman family, as well as everyone at One Story who helped create this fellowship, which was created out of love for Adina,” said Nay Saysourinho. “I hope that my writing will continue to build upon your chain of kindness, and I hope that I too will be able to extend that chain to others.”

The 2020 fellow will receive:

  • Free tuition for all One Story online classes and programming offered in 2020.
  • Travel stipend ($2,000) and tuition to attend One Story’s July 2020 week-long summer writers’ conference in Brooklyn, which includes craft lectures, an in-person intensive fiction workshop, and panels with literary agents and publishers.
  • A full manuscript review and consultation with One Story Co-Founder & Executive Editor Hannah Tinti.

Applications are now open and will close November 1, 2019. The winner of the 2020 Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship will be publicly announced in January 2020. For complete details visit

Founded in 2002, One Story Inc. is an award-winning non-profit literary publisher. Its flagship publication, One Story, has received the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editorial excellence, among other prizes, and now stands as one of the largest literary magazines in the country with over 15,000 readers. In 2012, One Story launched One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adult readers that publishes the work of teen writers. One Story is committed to supporting the art form of the short story and the authors who write them—through publication, education, and mentorship.

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