Mapping the Impossible: Special Issue of Boundaries and Margins

Due Date: 07-31-2023

Mapping the Impossible is an open-access student journal publishing peer-reviewed early-career research into fantasy and the fantastic. Its third special issue takes as its theme Boundaries and Margins, inspired by the works produced during this year’s GIFCon. Submissions are encouraged from not only those who presented during the conference but also fantasts far and wide who would like to share their perspectives on boundaries and margins in fantasy and the fantastic. The full call for papers can be found at

Mapping the Impossible exclusively accepts academic papers between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, including references but excluding bibliographies. Along with your paper, we ask you to submit a 300–500-word abstract and a 100-word biography. Please attach these to an email as separate Word documents, each clearly labeled 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 anonymized as far as possible when you submit it (except for the file name!), as per our double-anonymous review policy.

When you’re ready to submit, send your email to with the subject line “Submission – [your name][date of submission].” The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2023. 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.

Please email for any queries regarding the call.