The Cypress Dome is open to all UCF students, both undergraduate and graduate, enrolled full- or part-time, during any semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.

We take creative work of any kind, but we’re especially excited about writing that blends genres while maintaining a literary quality and offers fresh perspective to the reader.

You can submit to The Cypress Dome during Open Submission (Nov. 15 – Dec. 31). You can submit in up to two different categories (e.g. 1 fiction story and 5 pieces of visual art, 3 flash. nonfiction pieces and 1 script, 5 poems and 1 graphic narrative, etc.)

Optional Pre-Submission Feedback

We’re happy to offer an opportunity for brief feedback to the first 20 writers in each genre between the dates of October 15, 2022 and October 30, 2022. This pre-submission period does not count toward a submission for The Cypress Dome’s next issue. If you would like your piece to be considered for publication, you will need to submit your work during our Open Submissions period, which runs from November 15-December 31, 2022.

Submission Categories (ONE submission equals):

Fiction — Our fiction team is eager for unique work that pushes boundaries of traditional genre and form. We accept short stories up to 6,000 words. Please make all submissions in double-spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman.

Nonfiction — Our creative nonfiction editors love writing that is immersive, heartfelt, and thought-provoking. We accept up to 6,000 words of writing including, but not limited to genres such as: memoir, personal essays, literary journalism, lyric essays, visual essays, and hybrid or experimental works. Please make all submissions in double-spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman.

Poetry — The poetry team at The Cypress Dome hope to publish work that is emotive and vulnerable. We accept a maximum of 5 poems submitted together in a single document, with each poem clearly separated. Please submit poems of any form in the layout and order intended for publication.

Other Categories:

Flash Fiction/NonfictionMaximum of 750 words, maximum 3 pieces, fiction or nonfiction (please specify genre in your cover letter).

Scripts & Plays – Maximum of 12 pages, single act only, adheres to all standard script formatting practices.

Graphic Narrative – Maximum of 12 pages, black and white, fiction or nonfiction (please specify genre in your cover letter)

Visual Art – Maximum of 5 pieces of artwork, including but not limited to: drawings, paintings, photography, digital art, and sculptures. Please note the genre in your cover art. If selected, the art must be a minimum of 300 DPI.


Submission Format:

* If you are making two submissions of two separate genres, please specify that on the cover letter*

Final decisions on all work regardless of submission period will be made in the Spring when all submissions have been reviewed.  Responses are usually sent by the beginning of April.


What should I put in my Cover Letter?

Copy and paste your Cover Letter into the box on the Submission Page.

Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, number of words/lines per submission (if applicable) or medium of the work (visual art only).


What is the submission format?

Remove your name from all submitted work.  Please check headers and footers.

Include page numbers on all multi-page work.

For all text-based work, please submit a DOC or DOCX file.  You may submit PDF ONLY to retain non-standard formatting if applicable.

 

How do I make multiple submissions?

If you are making multiple submissions (2 per submission period), please upload all files per submission period to the same submission form.  All titles of individual work should be in the Cover Letter. Please submit under separate forms if submitting work of multiple genres. 

 

How do I know my work was received?

When your submission is received, Submittable will reply with an email.  Please check your spam filters and the email you used to sign in to Submittable.  If you do not receive an email (especially if you are submitting near the end of Open Submissions), please email cdome@ucf.edu to make sure your submission was received.

All work will be reviewed by the editors, evaluated according to artistic merit, and then accepted or denied. Authors selected for publication will be asked to present an electronic copy of their work in Microsoft Word if not already supplied. Be patient while awaiting our response, final responses are usually sent by the beginning of April.

 

I heard there are awards?

Awards are given for the strongest submissions in each category. The Cypress Dome editors will select the winning entries. A celebratory reading will be held upon the release of the magazine in late April 2023.


I still have questions...

For more information please contact us at cdome@ucf.edu. Editors will be available to answer any questions in person by appointment. Please understand that we cannot discuss any of your pieces during the submission process, nor can we accept any cash, food, or small animals as gifts—your submissions are the only form of bribe we need.

Good luck, and submit away! 

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You MUST be a UCF student to submit.

Fiction — Our fiction team is eager for unique work that pushes boundaries of traditional genre and form. We accept short stories up to 6,000 words. Please make all submissions in double-spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman.

Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 nonfiction submissions for this submission period, include both titles and manuscripts in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as separate submissions.    

File Format: If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.   

Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of words per submission.


Thank you and good luck.

You MUST be a UCF student to submit.


Nonfiction — Our creative nonfiction editors love writing that is immersive, heartfelt, and thought-provoking. We accept up to 6,000 words of writing including, but not limited to genres such as: memoir, personal essays, literary journalism, lyric essays, visual essays, and hybrid or experimental works. Please make all submissions in double-spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman.

Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 nonfiction submissions for this submission period, include both titles and manuscripts in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as separate submissions.


File Format: If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.


Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of words per submission.


Thank you and good luck.

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You MUST be a UCF student to submit.


Poetry — The poetry team at The Cypress Dome hopes to publish work that is emotive and vulnerable. We accept a maximum of 5 poems submitted together in a single document, with each poem clearly separated. Please submit poems of any form in the layout and order intended for publication.


Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 poetry submissions for this submission period, include all titles and manuscripts (up to 3 per submission) in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as 2 separate submissions. 


File Format: If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.


Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of lines per submission.


Thank you and good luck.

You MUST be a UCF student to submit.

Flash Fiction/NonfictionMaximum of 750 words, maximum 3 pieces, fiction or nonfiction (please specify genre in your cover letter).

Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 poetry submissions for this submission period, include all titles and manuscripts (up to 3 per submission) in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as 2 separate submissions.

File Format: If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.

Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of lines per submission.


Thank you and good luck.

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You MUST be a UCF student to submit.


Visual Art – Maximum of 5 pieces of artwork, including but not limited to: drawings, paintings, photography, digital art, and sculptures. Please note the genre in your cover art. If selected, the art must be a minimum of 300 DPI.

Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 visual art submissions for this submission period, include all titles and files (up to 5 per submission) in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as 2 separate submissions.


File Format: All photographs of your work should be at 300 dpi or higher.  JPG is the preferred file format.


Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and medium of the work.


Thank you and good luck.

You MUST be a UCF student to submit.


Graphic Narrative – Maximum of 12 pages, black and white, fiction or nonfiction (please specify genre in your cover letter)


Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 graphic narrative submissions for this submission period, include both titles and manuscripts in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as separate submissions.


File Format: JPG is the preferred visual file format.  If your work is more text-based, DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.  If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  


Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of words per submission or medium of the work.


Thank you and good luck.

You MUST be a UCF student to submit.


Scripts & Plays – Maximum of 12 pages, single act only, adheres to all standard script formatting practices.


Multiple Submissions: If you are making 2 script submissions for this submission period, include both titles and manuscripts in a single Submittable form.  They will be counted and treated as separate submissions.


File Format: If you need to submit a PDF to retain non-standard formatting, please also submit a DOC file for editorial use.  DOC or DOCX are the preferred file formats.


Cover Letter: Include your name, address, phone number, UCF email address (and an email you check regularly, if those are not the same), academic status (graduate or undergraduate), in addition to the title(s) of submissions, submission category, and number of words per submission.




Thank you and good luck.

The Cypress Dome Literary Magazine