Bound Off

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We are closed to submissions. Go write something. 

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.

Although we are an audio publication, we evaluate manuscripts the old-fashioned way.

If your story is accepted for publication, our team of readers and podcast engineers will produce the audio version. If you have the capability to create a high-quality MP3 file, then we could publish your story with you as the reader.

We compensate writers $20 per contracted story. We only acquire the rights to the specific audio recording used in our our podcast (once the story is accepted). All other rights belong to the author.

Before submitting your story, please listen to several episodes of our podcast at

Bound Off