Bound Off – “Climbing”

Bound Off is defunct, but the story can be read here, and listened to here.


Climbing” was picked up by Bound Off, an audio publication.  The Bound Off editors described the piece: “In Climbing, Ben Leib’s young protagonists wrangle their way through court dates and friendship.” 

Though Bound Off is now defunct, it remains available to listen to online, including on Apple podcasts. I highly recommend investigating past episodes, as Bound Off consistently published incredible work for over seven years.



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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