Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

As you know, Bob, a while back we held a contest to determine the next unlikely theme for the series of unlikely journals which we publish. By we, I mean Unlikely Story. And if you didn’t know that, and you haven’t been paying attention… shame on you/or, welcome, it’s lovely to see you here.

Regardless, whether you knew about it or not, we held a contest, and the winner was… The Journal of Unlikely Cartography.


Maps are wonderful. They’re practical in terms of getting you where you want to go, and physically, they can be downright gorgeous. By their very nature, they’re designed to guide you to places you’ve never been. What could be more unlikely?

With this issue, we’re looking for unlikely stories of maps and map-makers. As always, genre is not important to us, but our theme is: Maps/Map-making must be integral to the story.

Take us where we’ve never been. Tell us what happens when Google Earth shows a town that doesn’t exist. Spin the tale of the treasures discovered beneath X marks the spot. Tell us about that most unlikely map written on whale skin, in disappearing squid ink, leading to the lost kingdom of seal-pups seeking revenge.

You get the picture. Hopefully.

In addition to the examples mentioned in the guidelines, this editor urges you to read A.J. Fitzwater’s Cartography, and the Death of Shoes, and Livia Llewellyn’s Omphalos for an idea of her tastes.

So there you have it. The issue is officially open to submissions. Take a look at our guidelines and send us your best. We look forward to reading your work!

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