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. Issue 23 will cover different subjects than the 22nd, but it can and should be referred to for inspiration.

Prompt for Issue 23 (Summer 2022):

Right now, there are a lot of reasons to be upset, nervous, angry, or scared, whether it be the war in Ukraine, returning to on-campus classes, the uptick in covid cases, or the increase in gun violence. It is easy to find negative ways to navigate the stress we are facing as a society. But the Summer 2022 issue of Imprint wants you to find and help others find positive ways to cope with these stressful times. We are looking for moments of gratitude. Who, or what, has helped you come to terms with a big picture issue? What are you grateful for right now, and how can that gratitude help others? Let’s stop looking to the internet for problems, and reflect on solutions, such as: organizations that are helping, coping mechanisms, or impactful words of wisdom from a mentor. Together let’s find ways to traverse the complex outside world and make room for gratitude at UCF.   

We are looking for articles about: 

  •       Gratitude
  •       Positive Solutions
  •       Healthy Coping Mechanisms

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 gratitude 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 gratitude?
  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? 

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.

If you would like to be featured in our Summer 2022 edition, please send us an article pitch, including a subject line/working title and a summary of your content ideas. If you are interested in writing but are unsure about what to write, contact us at [email protected] and we will work with you personally to develop your ideas more. 

Please submit your query to [email protected] by June 13th, 2022. If accepted, article first drafts are due by July 1st. 

We can’t wait to read it!

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