Stories with sex, profanity, excessive violence, or that belittle traditional family values or religion will not be considered. To get a feel for what we will and will not accept, please purchase a sample copy. You can find single issue sales and subscription information on our website.
Simultaneous submissions will not be considered. All simultaneous submissions will be recycled without reply. Because of our current backlog, expect processing time to be around seven to nine months. Any questions or comments can be e-mailed to the fiction director at email@example.com.
ATTENTION: Due to the overwhelming amout of electornic slush that Leading Edge currently has, and due to the fact that we are shorter on staff in the Summer, our fiction submissions will be closing until further notice. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we encourage you to check back periodically so that you can submit as soon as we open up submissions.
Submissions may be sent to the following address with the appropriate genre in the attention line (fiction director or poetry director):
Leading Edge Magazine
Attn: [Genre] Director
Provo, UT 84602
Manuscripts may also be submitted electronically as attachments in .doc or .rtf form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information . . .
We’ve had two successful contests now, and it’s time to start another. This one’s different from the other two—the Best First Chapter and Flash Fiction—but it’s a little more familiar to you writers. We’re doing a Bulwer-Lytton contest, but with only a quarter of the irony.
For those of you who don’t know, Edward George Bulwer-Lytton was the guy who wrote, “It was a dark and stormy night.” What we want you to do is the same thing, except with good sentences. We want your best opening line in three different genres—sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Then a fourth—any genre, but the worst, most terrible opening line you can think of. (For wonderfully horrid examples of the latter, go to http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2013win.html.) Titling your prospective story is encouraged, but not required.
Submit as many opening lines as you want, but make sure you label them clearly. We don’t want to assume a line you sent us is for the Worst category when you meant for it to be in the other three.
(There’s a second part to this that we want to do for Issue 67, the issue after next. That contest will be taking the four winning opening lines and writing stories for them, with the stipulation that you can’t finish the story you wrote the winning line for). But don’t worry about that quite yet.)
Send as many (clearly labeled) lines as you want to our email at email@example.com. Be sure to follow our typical guidelines found on page 121. If you have any questions, email us or seek us out on Facebook.
Submissions for this contest are closed as of July 16, 2014. Look for our contest next issue!
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Bulwer-Lytton Contest.” Any questions or inquiries can also be sent to the above email address.
All entries for this contest must be submitted or postmarked by June 30, 2014.
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Stories under 10,000 words are preferred, though we will consider stories up to 15,000 words. Because Leading Edge is interested in helping new authors improve, each story is critiqued by at least two members of our staff; these comment sheets are returned to the author with our response. If you do not want your story critiqued, please let us know. Fiction payment is 1 (one) cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum. The contributor receives a free electronic copy.
Poetry should reflect both literary value and popular appeal and should deal with science fiction- or fantasy-related themes. Payment is $10.00. The contributor receives a free electronic copy.
For both fiction and poetry, we purchase First North American serial rights.
Your manuscript should be printed on white paper. Make sure to double-space and use an easy-to-read font. Each page should be numbered and have 1-inch margins. The first page of your manuscript should include your name, street address, and e-mail address (if you have one). Include a cover letter with any publishing credits and any other relevant information. Always keep a copy of your manuscript for yourself. The postal system is not perfect, and Leading Edge is not responsible for lost or misdirected manuscripts.
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your manuscript; if you don't, we have no way of responding to you. If your manuscript is disposable, include a regular envelope with one first-class stamp for submissions within the US, more for international submissions. If you would like your manuscript returned, include a manila envelope with sufficient postage. International submissions must be disposable due to difficulties presented by international postage. Please remember that we return 2-3 comment sheets per submission, so prepare adequately.