Leading Edge is a semi-professional magazine run at Brigham Young University. Although we are located in Provo, Utah, we publish the work of authors and artists worldwide.
Leading Edge began with a science fiction and fantasy writing class at BYU (which was originally supposed to be taught by Orson Scott Card, but Marion Smith taught instead). Students in this class wanted to see their work live beyond the end of the semester, so, with the help of a student grant, The Leading Edge was born in April 1981. Since then, we have published two issues every year.
This publication has produced writers such as M. Shayne Bell, Dave Wolverton, and Brandon Sanderson. Everyone gets their start somewhere, and so many are proud to say Leading Edge was that place.
Leading Edge has changed throughout the decades – everything from a slight name change to a more recent change to on-demand printing. As technology advances, it has become easier to contact authors outside of Utah, give new authors a larger readership, design the publication, and be closely connected to readers.
Our publication is run entirely by volunteers – mainly BYU students. They meet twice weekly to read submissions, edit acquired pieces, design the publication, and discuss all things fantasy and science fiction. Most volunteers begin with little to no experience, but soon learn the tricks of the trade from established staff members.
Leading Edge serves to be a hub of quality speculative fiction and springboard for aspiring authors, as well as a training ground for students to gain experience in their chosen field.