Bound Off – “Climbing”

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I have another story that is now available for consumption.  This is a piece that I’m quite proud of.  It’s titled “Climbing,” and was picked up by Bound Off, an online publication that I’ve had my sites on for a while.  I’m terrible at describing my own work, but the Bound Off editors responsible for their newsletter wrote this: “In Climbing, Ben Leib’s young protagonists wrangle their way through court dates and friendship.”  I think they got it just right.

While Bound Off is not available to read online, it is available to listen to!  That’s right, I’m officially podcasted.  You can listen to the Bound Off Short Story Podcast: Issue 95 on the publication’s website, or you can download the podcast via iTunes.  I highly recommend investigating past issues as well, as Bound Off has consistently been publishing incredible work for seven years now.


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Bound Off is a monthly magazine of literary short stories, founded in 2006 and based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our mission is to merge the oral tradition of storytelling with new technology to create a digital audio magazine. Bound Off is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to paying authors for their work. All staff are unpaid volunteers. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. In our interview on Duotrope’s Digest (an extensive, searchable database of current fiction and poetry markets), we discuss our decision-making process and you can view our average response rates.

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