Submission Guidelines

“We each are our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers; no one is an island or has ever been… We are each responsible for what is happening down the street, south of the border or across the sea… it is the responsibility of some of us who tap the vast source of spiritual/political energy to help heal others, to put down a drawbridge…” (xxviii Anzaldua). ~This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, an anthology edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa.

How do our relationships and connections empower us to dismantle systems of privilege? What elements of change evoke you to advocate for it is important to you? How do we use our education and tools to build these bridges across difference and oppression? 

Thanks for your interest in writing with Imprint. We are an UCF student-run online magazine that is supported by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. Our mission is to entertain, empower, and evoke action to leave a lasting impression on the UCF student population. We currently publish three issues per year at the conclusion of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Our magazine contains articles written by students of all majors, cultures, and walks of life.

Our continued theme for Fall 2021  is Voices of the Margins. With this we are looking to embrace and explore topics such as,

  • Intersectionality awareness
  • Celebrating individual cultural experiences
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Community
  • Social class 
  • UCF’s role in creating and facilitating diversity
  • Experience of gender
  • Adventures of self acceptance

We welcome writers to use language fluently and authentically to their experiences. We encourage you to provide a translation for our readers. 

We also encourage potential writers to read the previous issue of IMPRINT, as the 21st  issue is a continuation of the ideas and pieces that are looking to be published.  

For your article to be considered, you must be a current UCF undergraduate or graduate student, and your article must be written for a UCF audience. Content should be applicable to the UCF community. At Imprint, we are passionate about creating a publication by Knights, for Knights!

What we are looking for:

  • UCF events, opportunities, organizations
  • Informative articles that promote Cultural Awareness

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Rant articles
  • Any mentioning of Covid-19
  • Political persuasion pieces

Here are some additional guidelines for Imprint articles:

  • Content must be appropriate – no swearing or explicit material. Imprint is meant to be inviting and comfortable for all readers.
  • No “rant” articles. While Imprint does consider opinion and personal experience pieces, it is not a platform for political bashing, intolerance, or insults.
  • Articles must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,500 words in length.
  • Articles must be written in a legible, 12-point font and double-spaced. If the editors cannot easily read your submission, it will not be considered for publication.
  • Articles must be submitted as a Word document – either .doc or .docx file extensions. If the editors cannot easily open your article to make revisions, it will not be read or considered for publication.

Please submit your query (optional)  to imprint@ucf.edu by October 11, 2021. 

If you would like to be featured in our Fall 2021 edition, please send us an article pitch, including a subject line/working title and a summary of your content ideas. We have included an example pitch for reference! If you are interested in writing but are unsure about what to write, contact us at imprint@ucf.edu and we will work with you personally to develop your ideas more. 

Submit your first draft at imprint@ucf.edu before the deadline of October 15, 2021. We can’t wait to read it!

For further information, contact Kealani Smith and Jarrett Webster, Editors-in-Chief, at imprint@ucf.edu