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. The 22nd issue will cover different subjects than the 21st, but our stance on previously discussed topics has not changed and as such, it can and should be referred to for inspiration.

As college students, we are becoming increasingly aware of our roles in society and what it means to be part of a community. A key piece of this process is getting out there and opening ourselves up to new things in order to try and find our place, or our niche. The Spring 2022 issue of Imprint aims to delve into what it takes to make these discoveries and what they teach ushow to get started, where to look, what the search entails, and why you should go for it. We want to hear your stories, and how your experiences have shaped you into who you are today. 

We are looking for articles about: 

  • Finding your place
  • Connecting with your community
  • Trying new things
  • Getting involved
  • Being aware of your role in society

What to write:

  • What things have you done in an attempt to find your place or your niche? How did you hear about the opportunity?
  • What benefits did you get from your experiences? 
  • How do we find where we belong? 
  • Why should other people venture out of their comfort zones?

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 Spring 2022 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 [email protected] and we will work with you personally to develop your ideas more. 

Please submit your query to [email protected] by March 7th, 2022. If accepted, article first drafts are due by March 16th. 

We can’t wait to read it!

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