You Are Here

Working cover for You Are Here –’s 5th Annual Anthology of Short Stories

Some of you are aware that I do this annual thing where I beg people for stories and then I put them together in an anthology. This year is no different!

However, I’m veering from my normal path by opening up our submissions to everyone. Yes, that means you.

Rather than restrict submissions from forum members only, we are accepting submissions from anyone. Last year, Andrew Leon Hudson was at the helm and he opened up submissions in this manner and it was a good thing. So, I’m following suit.

Here are the particulars:

You Are Here
Tales of Cartographic Wonders

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 5,000 and 10,000 words.

Deadline for all submissions: SEPTEMBER 30th, 2016

To submit a story, email your story directly to nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com. 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.


  • Your story must fall in the speculative fiction genre (including but not limited to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, etc.)
  • No fan-fiction
  • 5,000-10,000 words (firm)


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.

Share widely, folks! I look forward to reading your stories.


4 thoughts on “You Are Here

    1. Hello Shoma! While we love non-fiction, this is a fiction anthology, specifically science fiction and/or fantasy. Thanks for your interest, though! Maps are great.

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