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Maps, or graphical representations of spatial information, have shaped our world ever since people have put pen to paper, or stylus to a clay tablet, or chisel to stone. The focus of pirates searching for lost treasure or someone following a trail among the stars, maps in many guises have served humanity’s heroes and villains for a long time. What does the concept of maps inspire in you?


Authors are invited to submit a story with a map, or maps, playing a central or pivotal role. You are open to interpret ‘map’ however you see fit, but you can use the following definitions to rein in your imagination.

  1. A diagrammatic representation of an area of land or sea showing physical features, cities, roads, etc.,
  2. a picture or chart that shows the different parts of something,
  3. something that represents with a clarity suggestive of a map (i.e. map of the mind),
  4. the arrangement of genes on a chromosome (i.e. genetic map),
  5. star charts, or
  6. the correspondence of elements in one set to elements in the same set or another set (as in mathematics).

Stories must include some elements of science fiction or fantasy, but can be of any sub-genre. In addition, if you would like to submit an accompany map with your story, that is fine. But keep in mind that we may not use it. The resulting anthology may include a limited number of graphical maps.

Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. These are firm limits – stories outside these borders may be considered, but they will face an added need to impress the further afield they roam.

Deadline for submissions is SEPTEMBER 30th, 2016. To submit a story, email your story directly to nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com.


  • Your story must fall in the speculative fiction genre (including but not limited to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, etc.)
  • No fan-fiction
  • Please double-space between paragraphs, single-space within. Also, do NOT tag your formatting. Simply use the italics, bold, centering commands of whatever program you use. Preferred file format is Google Document, Word DOC or DOCX, or RTF.


N. E. White (on behalf of will take exclusive, worldwide digital and print rights for six months. Payment is a flat $15 USD (paid via PayPal), plus an e-book copy of the anthology.