We are currently open to submissions for our first general issue.

Our first issue, to be published in January 2022, will be a special issue following the theme of year’s Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations event – Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic. Submissions for this issue are currently closed.

Our second issue, to be published in June 2022, will be a general issue. Submissions for this issue are currently open.

Mapping the Impossible operates with a rolling submissions window, meaning that we are always open to submissions for our general issues. If you would like to submit a paper, please first consult About This Journal, Information for Authors, our policies on Plagiarism and Copyright, and our Style Guide. Then, follow the instructions below.

Submitting a Paper 

Mapping the Impossible exclusively accepts academic papers between 3000 and 5000 words in length, including references but excluding bibliographies. Along with your paper, we ask you to submit a 300-500 word long abstract, and a 100 word long biography. Please attach these to an email as separate Word documents, each clearly labelled with your name. For instance: TerryPratchettSubmission.docx, TerryPratchettAbstract.docx, TerryPratchettBiography.docx

Please note that we ask for your paper to conform to the Mapping the Impossible Style Guide when you submit it. Your paper should also be anonymised as far as possible when you submit it (except for the file name!), as per our double blind review policy. 

When you’re ready to submit, send your email to with the subject line “Submission – [your name][date of submission]” You will receive a confirmation email within seven days, to say that we have received your submission.

The board meets at least once a month to discuss submissions, and you should expect to hear back from us within five weeks.