Submission Guidelines

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. 

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

We encourage potential writers to read the previous issue of Imprint to get a feel for the kinds of articles we’re looking for.

Prompt for Issue 24 (Fall 2022):

Now that campus is back in full swing, there are many things that we want to celebrate.   Imprint’s fall issue wants you to reflect on your positive experiences and opportunities that came out of the past two years. Reflect on the struggles and challenges you experienced in the past two years and write about how you overcame those challenges.

Consider:

  • Who or what helped you stay positive?
  • What resources on campus benefitted you?
  • What opportunities presented itself, especially when so much of our life was behind a screen.

We are looking for articles about: 

  •       Overcoming obstacles with some person, resource,  or organization
  •       Reflections about your time at UCF
  •       Impactful experiences with family, professors, or friends
  •       Organizations that provided either hope or unexpected opportunities

Consider one of these approaches for your article: 

  1. Focus on the situation, event, or world matter you were struggling with. Explain how the issue impacted you, and how you found a positive outcome through another person, an organization, or a place.
  2. Did you have to face a particular problem last year that needed to be solved?  Challenges with returning to campus?  Challenges with focusing in classes?  How did you face those challenges through resources or organizations? 
  3. Is there a club, an organization, a professor, or another UCF student that helped you navigate the challenges or problems you faced in the past two years?  If so, focus the article on that person or club.  What kindness, inspiration, or help do they bring to the UCF community? 

Essentially, we want to know how you navigated being  a UCF student who spent two years isolated, taking classes online, and how that impacts your future careers, your outlook, your prospects for “adulting.” 

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction

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 with a working title in the subject line.   Query examples are plentiful online.  Please look at one before submitting.  Send queries to [email protected] by October 21, 2022.  If we like your idea, we will work with you to complete a draft.

We can’t wait to read it!

For further information, contact Debbie Weaver, Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected]