Territory: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Ella Peary | September 8, 2016

Territory is a new online literary project that seeks to explore and defy the conceptual boundaries of maps. Though maps appear to be objective representations of the observable world, invariably they are crafted through the subjective lens of the mapmaker. What is revealed? What is concealed? What was never seen at all? Territory hopes to create a new, dialectical atlas, one in which mapmaking is an ongoing dialogue and maps are both questions and answers. Writers, musicians, and artists of all mediums are invited to participate by creating new maps: works of literature and other art that respond to the idea of territory represented in all corners of the atlas, familiar and obscure. Writers may choose their own maps, or find inspiration using Territory’s map database: http://themapisnot.com/issue-iv-open-preview.

Now through November 1, Territory is accepting submissions for their third issue. Submitting authors will be notified about the status of their submission by December 1. Then, within one to four weeks, authors who are being considered for publication will receive editorial notes. The issue will be published on February 1, 2017.

Poets may submit three to five poems. Fiction and nonfiction writers may submit one short story, work of flash fiction, essay, or work of narrative nonfiction of any length. Literary works submitted to Territory may be about maps, may be a map of a territory, or may respond to an existing map in a creative way. Territory is especially interested in works that explore the relationship between content and form.

Territory accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions, and they also accept multiple submissions, within reason. They do not accept previously published work.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Territory, please visit their website at http://themapisnot.com/submissions.