Started in 1980, Leading Edge Magazine has taken their speculative fiction worldwide with international contributors and readers. Leading Edge–based at Brigham Young University–publishes established authors like Orson Scott Card, Dave Wolverton, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells, yet still welcomes newer writers.
In this interview, Marketing Director Jessica Landry talks about what the magazine is looking for and plans for its 30th anniversary.
What do you look for in a story? Are there any specific types of stories or plots that you wish writers would send you?
We get a lot of serious science fiction and fantasy. We like to have a good mix, so we wouldn’t mind seeing more humor pieces; but we’re not specifically looking for humor. If a story is clean, creative, and solidly written, we probably won’t pass it by.
Why would you pass on a story?
Leading Edge does not accept stories that include sex, profanity, or excessive violence, or that belittle traditional family values and religion.
If we need to decide between two stories that are equally well written, we will probably choose the one that best draws the reader in emotionally. We want to feel what you are writing.
What do you enjoy the most about editing Leading Edge?
Leading Edge is a student run publication at Brigham Young University. It’s a great way for students to get involved in the production of a magazine. We have so many resources here. Plus, we get to read wonderful works of science fiction and fantasy. Working here is amazing.
Who are some of your favorite authors and why? Favorite short stories? Is there a story (or two) that was completely unforgettable… changed your life or outlook in some way?
Some of our favorite authors include Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and L. E. Modesitt, Jr. All of them have donated stories to Leading Edge over the years, and several of them worked on the journal themselves.
We have been privileged to have many excellent stories over the years. Some of our favorites in the last few years include “They Scream When They Hurt,” from Issue 56; “Mulled With Sky-Souls,” from Issue 57; “Redemption Songs,” from Issue 58, and “Cryonic Sushi,” from Issue 60.
Anything new coming to Leading Edge this year?
It’s Leading Edge’s 30th anniversary! For the special 30th anniversary issue you can look for stories and articles from famous authors, including Dave Wolverton, Dan Wells, and Brandon Sanderson!