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"We begin with the dawn of time; with birth. From there we spiral outwards.


We split our lives into eras, noting recurrence; intervals of space and time. We mark our time on earth with rituals, recognisable delineations such as birthdays, seasons, and celebrations — dates that hold meaning to us. These are our attempts to find reason in our surroundings; in the inconceivability and enormity of not only the human experience, but the very fabric of the universe.


Patterns present themselves in nature as well as in our memories — in the rings of trees, in ripples on water, in cyclones and seashells and fossils and meteorological rhythms. In death and rebirth, loss and renewal, the past, present and future come together in defiance of linearity.


These are the cycles by which we live. Notice how cycles form your perception of the world; notice where they appear. Issue X is the meeting point where our cycles overlap and merge; the crossing of our interconnected journeys."


Submission guidelines below.

For more information, prompts and inspiration follow CULT on social media.

If your submission has not been confirmed by an email within three days, please reach out.


Please send your pieces of writing in separate Word documents or PDF files, each one with a title and author name. For visual art, title each file clearly, and send via Dropbox or Google Drive if the files are too big.


All written work should be a maximum of 1,000 words and written as you wish for it to appear (do not write in CAPSLOCK or all lowercase unless you wish for your work to be printed so).

Submissions containing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other form of prejudice will not be tolerated and will be rejected outright.

If you wish to submit images to accompany your text, please ensure that they are your own, or you have received permission to use the image/s; and that they are good quality. Images will be considered on their own merit, so please be aware that we may wish to include your text without your images, but we will discuss this with you if this is the case.  

We may contact you to discuss editing if we believe it is necessary. We will never edit work without your permission.

We are happy to receive submissions which have also been submitted to / published in other publications.

We accept submissions from anywhere in the world - not just from students of Cambridge University!


Maximum of 1000 words.

Essays do not need footnotes, but please use in-text referencing for any quotes or theories/ideas that need crediting.

You can include a short bibliography if you believe this is necessary.


Maximum of 40 lines.

If your poem has unusual formatting, please send it in a PDF file.


A single submission can either be a single, individual image; a single image in landscape format to be printed as a double page spread (please specify this); or a connected series of up to six images. 

Please submit images in PNG or JPG format. 

Be aware that the magazine will be printed in A5 size, so images should not be smaller than 1748 x 2490 pixels, or 14.8 x 21 cm. 

Photos taken of artworks should be of a good quality - no shadows blocking the image, blurry photographs, or lighting too dark to see the work.

We may ask to edit the colour of your image to suit the theme of the zine, or to make it easier to see, but we will always discuss this with you first.

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