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 four to six months. Any questions or comments can be e-mailed to the fiction director at email@example.com.
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.
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Flash Fiction Contest
After the unfortunately unsuccessful Art Reappropriation Contest that was meant for this issue, we are now instituting a contest with a much broader base of appeal, and much easier for prospective writers to access.
And so for Issue 65 of Leading Edge Magazine, we are holding a FLASH FICTION writing contest. We are considering “flash fiction” to be stories under 1500 words in length. These are stories that hold an entire narrative within mere moments of reading, stories that put sudden twists on otherwise ordinary occurrences, stories that are easy to consume and yet never leave the reader’s mind, stories that are condensed down into the fewest number of words possible and draw out meaning more strikingly and effectively than whole novels.
In short, think of the opposite of Robert Jordan. Or Brandon Sanderson. Or J.K. Rowling. All fine novelists, but famed more for their epic works than careful concision.
Since they’re short, we’re allowing the reader to submit up to three (3) stories. Depending on how much participation we get from our readers (that’s you), we will publish between three to five of the very best flash fiction stories we get. Our deadline is Halloween 2013.
The same rules and restrictions from previous contests apply here. To be considered your story must abide by the same standards we hold for our regular short stories. This means they must:
- be in the sci-fi/fantasy/speculative fiction genre
- meet our standards for content—this means no excessive or graphic violence, explicit sexual references, or pervasive amounts of profanity (see www.leadingedgemagazine.com for more information)
- be unpublished at time of submission
Lastly, we want to make it clear that we can’t pay you if you win; this is about fame, not fortune, but we hope it may help you on the path to earning that fortune someday—or at least artistic fulfillment.
Email submissions to email@example.com with the subject heading “Flash Fiction 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 October 31, 2013.
Deadline: October 31, 2013
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.