Last year we ran a map making competition. We tied it in with the Shaftesbury Arts Festival and so there wasn't a lot of advance notice. Lots of people contacted us to say what a cool idea it was but they didn't have enough time to do their map before the deadline.
Well good news, chaps! We're running a second competition, this time with a nice long gap before the deadline (May 21st).
So here's the details:
Every story is set somewhere and it’s the writer’s job to immerse their reader fully into that fictional world. How are we to write convincing worlds if we do not know our way around them?
We challenge any budding writer*/ artist out there to draw a map of their fictional world. It doesn’t have to encompass the entire world, it can be a small part of it; a city/ borough/ street, an island, a country or county, a building-plan etc.
Please email your map to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Map Making Competition as the subject. Make sure the file isn’t massive, send it as a jpeg 72dpi. Keep a print-version at hand because we’d like to pin some of the best maps up at Shaftesbury Arts Centre (we’ll contact you about this). The winner will be featured on our blog and within Shaftesbury Arts Centre.
We will be publishing the winning map online, so if your world is top-secret then maybe keep it under wraps for now and submit it next time.
The world/ location must be your own. We don’t want to see lots of renditions of Hogwarts.
The closing date is May 21st, so get your colouring pencils out and start drafting!
We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we don’t expect you to either. We’re not concerned about intricacies of scale or worried over the physics of your world. If it looks cool, we’ll be happy. Inspire us, excite us.
*Wait, you’re not even a writer? But you like to dream up worlds and make maps? – okay, that’s cool, go for it and submit. Maybe one of us writers will like your world and want to team up with you and write a story set in your world. Our writers are always on the lookout for things that will spark the next story, so we’d love to find a new world to write about.