Unmapped: Migrant Stories of New York

A chance to be published!

The International Organization for Migration and Fordham University invite writers of all ages and backgrounds to submit original non-fiction essays or memoirs, short fiction or poetry showcasing the experiences of migrants and migration in New York.

Shortlisted entries will be reviewed by an independent selection jury in early 2020. Our jurors will pick the best of the best, which will be published as part of the first Unmapped collection.


The Unmapped writing competition is open to current New York residents. There are no other restrictions on age or background. You do not need to be a US citizen to apply.

All submissions should be relevant to the theme of migration. We’re looking for those untold stories about how New York has shaped, and been shaped by, its new (and old) arrivals.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit your stories at unofficeny.iom.int/submissions. Unmapped will only accept electronic submissions.
  • All submissions should be in Word format (Calibri, Courier or Times New Roman font, 12-point type, double-spaced).
  • For both fiction and nonfiction submissions, maximum word count is 3,500 words.
  • For poetry submissions, up to six poems may be submitted in a single document. Limit of two pages per poem.
  • No previously published material will be accepted. This includes publication in any public venue, including print, web, or personal blogs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but entrants should notify us as soon as possible if their work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Feedback on individual submissions will not be provided.

Submission Period

The call for entries for the Unmapped writing competition will be open until 15th November 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Check back regularly for updates. In the meantime, please send any questions to crichter@iom.int.

Q: I am a part-time resident of New York. Can I still apply?

A: Yes. However, you should ensure that your submission is still relevant to New York.

Q: Will submissions from multiple co-authors be accepted?

A: Absolutely! As long as all co-authors are (part or full-time) residents of New York.

Q: I have never lived in New York. Can I still apply?

A: This time around, we are looking only for writers that have some connection to New York. To be eligible, all entrants must be a part or full-time resident of New York. However, we do hope to expand to other cities and locations in subsequent rounds. Please keep an eye out for future opportunities!

Q: Can I submit multiple entries?

A: Absolutely!