Imprint - Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience

Imprint is a compilation of creative writing and scholarly work from Seattle University’s first-generation college community. Imprint is produced annually and released in the Spring Quarter. A committee of staff, faculty, and students mentor our selected contributors through the creative process. Imprint is available online and in The Outreach Center.

Imprint is sponsored by The Outreach Center at Seattle University. The Outreach Center provides support and opportunities for first-generation college students.

Imprint is rooted in 3 values:

  • VISIBILITY: Increase visibility of Seattle University’s First-Generation community.
  • SCHOLARSHIP: Helping Seattle University’s First-Generation College community to own their identity as scholars by providing an opportunity for someone to experience a supportive writing process and publish a piece of work.
  • MENTORSHIP: Provide contributors with the opportunity to cultivate mentoring relationships through the writing process.

Who Can Contribute

Seattle University staff, faculty, students, and alumni who identify as first-generation college students are able to submit a writing proposal.

Submission Process & Criteria

  • Contribution should be a story, poem, scholarly work, or other piece of writing that reflects the first-generation student experience
  • Contributors must identify as first-generation. At Seattle U, we define a first-generation college student as a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a U.S. bachelor’s degree. First-generation college students are among the first in their family to attend college.
  • Must complete the Writing Proposal Form and be able to provide the following information:
    • Name, year, affiliation to the University
    • Student, Staff, Faculty, Alumni
    • Working title of your piece
    • What type of written piece is it? (story, poem, etc.)
    • A description of your writing piece
    • Fall Quarter Availability
  • Final piece can be no longer than 8 pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Contributors must be able to meet with their assigned committee member via phone, video chat, or in-person 4 times during the writing process