An Out of this World Map Challenge

An OUT OF THIS WORLD Map Challenge

Since most travel plans are a fantasy anyway, we are challenging you to stretch your imagination as far as possible—beyond the stratosphere!

Creative Brief

Illustrate a map from somewhere in outer space! For example...

  • An actual place: illustrate our solar system, the constellations, the path of a comet, or a trip to the moon
  • A fictional place: draw a map of the setting from your favorite science fiction movie, series, book, or video game
  • A fantasy place: conjure up an outerspace dream from the depths of your imagination, like this crazy universe created by Salli...

Publication Prizes

100 maps will be selected by Nate and Salli and reproduced in the next TDAT publication called They Draw & Travel: 100 Illustrated Maps that are Out of this World! The winners can purchase, for a limited time, unlimited copies of this book from Amazon at TDAT’s wholesale price. 

*100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will help pay our website bills.



11:59 pm EST on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Map Guidelines

  • Anyone may submit a map
  • Your map must be an original work of your art
  • Your map must follow the creative brief
  • You may submit multiple maps!

File Guidelines

  • Scanning File Size: 16.667" W x 6.25" H and 300 dpi
  • Digital File Size: 5000px W x 1875px H
  • File Type: JPG or PNG, RGB color
  • Files must be submitted via TDAT’s Submit a Map page 

Layout Guidelines

100 maps will be reproduced in a book published by They Draw & Travel. To be eligible, it is important that no text sits in the 1.25" space in the middle of the illustration. In a TDAT book, the illustration spans the left and right pages and we don't want text to be unreadable because it sits within this space (called the book's gutter). It's OK for artwork and color to be there, but no text!


In addition to our Terms of Service—in which you grant us the rights to share your art on this site, in our newsletters, and within our social media—you also grant us the royalty-free rights to reproduce your artwork (along with your name and website, if applicable) in our next book of illustrated maps.

Judging Criteria

  • Inspiration: Does the map evoke a sense of awe and wonder?
  • Concept: Does the map have an interesting story or theme?
  • Technique: Does the illustration style appear well-executed?
  • Typography: Is the type or hand-lettering smartly placed and legible?

The judges, TDAT co-founders Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, have the right to limit submissions to those of sufficient and suitable quality. 


Send Nate an email. There is no such thing as a dumb question!