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.
Kelly Shriver Kolln
Publisher, co-founder, and board member Kelly Shriver Kolln graduated
with a degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She lives in Cedar
Rapids and is a full-time writer. Read her published stories at kellyshriver.com
Editor, co-founder, and board member Ann Rushton graduated with a degree in English at the University of Iowa. She lives in Iowa City. Read her published stories at annrushton.com/publishedstories.
Technical editor Mark Rushton provides audio editing and mixing of the podcast. His music is heard in the background, or via the free download album Themes For Boundoff.com at Bandcamp. Find out more about his music at markrushton.com.
Special Projects Editor and board member Marcela Fuentes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in the Indiana Review, the Vestal Review, Blackbird, and various other literary journals. Recent work has been selected for inclusion in Best of the Web 2009 and New Stories from the Southwest. She is at work on her first novel.
Story Editor Justyn Harkin lives with his wife and daughter in Chicago. He earned an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he fell in love with short fiction, flash, and cross-genre experiments.
KJ Hannah Greenberg
Associate Editor KJ Hannah Greenberg has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Best of the Net. Her most recent books include: The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013), Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013), Intelligence’s Vast Bonfires (Lazarus Media, 2012), Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012), Fluid & Crystallized (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2012), A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011), and Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting (French Creek Press, 2010).
Associate Editor Ashley Cowger is the author of the short story collection Peter Never Came, which was awarded the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in several literary journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. Learn more at
“[Bound Off has] published some of the most innovative and exciting writers today, including Amelia Gray, Todd Zuniga, Shya Scanlon, Kathy Fish, Matt Bell, Meg Pokrass, Andrea Kneeland, and Tao Lin.” – Marcelle Heath, “Literary Listening: Audio Literary Magazines“
Why are we called Bound Off? Read why in ‘On the Meaning of Bound Off,'” published in Luna Park Review, the great magazine about literary magazines.
“The Web offers something for everyone when it comes to literary publishing, whether it’s intriguing hypertext on Drunken Boat, the collaboration of poetry and visual art in Born Magazine, or the audio adventures of Bound Off and other more multimedia-conscious publications.” – Thom Didato, “Now is the time to write online,” The Writer Magazine, February 2008.
Bound Off was featured in an episode of Write On Radio! (KFAI radio, Minneapolis) on audio literature: “Fiction writer Arlene Atwater reads some of her short fiction, and she also talks with Richard Sowienski managing editor of The Missouri Review and Kelly Shriver, editor at Boundoff.com, an audio monthly magazine broadcasting literary short fiction using podcasting technology:”
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Listener-supported Bound Off is made possible by grants from The Kolln Family Endowed Fund and the President’s Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. Further support comes from the Google Grants program.
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