What is Cipher?

Cipher is a magazine managed by Colorado College students and published by Cutler Publications, a nonprofit organization independent of Colorado College. Cipher aims to engage readers in meaningful conversation through creative nonfiction, narrative journalism, memoirs, short stories, and visual art. With a few exceptions, we publish the work of Colorado College students. The magazine investigates issues affecting Colorado College, Colorado Springs, the U.S., and the world. Above all, we work hard to publish stories worth telling.

The magazine is published once each block, except for first block. Each issue has a theme, which is intended as inspiration for art and articles, although submissions do not have to fit the current theme.

How do I contribute to Cipher?

Anyone can write or make art for Cipher. You don’t have to join a club or commit to writing multiple times. Writing for Cipher is a collaborative effort in which an editor will work closely with you throughout the process. There are no content parameters, but editors will help you shape the angle and direction of the piece.

Open brainstorm sessions are held in Sacred Grounds on the first Tuesday of every block at 6 p.m. This is the ideal place to meet writers and editors, get ideas, and claim articles to write. If you miss the meeting but you still want to write, email Sara at s_fleming@coloradocollege.edu to get the process started. First week is the best time to start an article for next block’s issue, but we can start working at any time.

If you want to contribute art to Cipher, email Caroline at c_li@coloradocollege.edu to receive information on upcoming articles in need of related art. You can also submit freestanding pieces for cover art or center spreads, especially if they fit the theme.

If you're generally interested in writing, making art, or hearing about upcoming Cipher-related events, email Sara at s_fleming@coloradocollege.edu to subscribe to our email list. 

Where do I find Cipher?

Cipher comes out during the third week of every block. You'll find it scattered in every building across Colorado College, as well as some cafés and  bookstores in Colorado Springs. If you live a great distance from Cipher, you can subscribe to get print copies in your mailbox.

Contact Sara at s_fleming@coloradocollege.edu any time with questions, concerns, suggestions, story ideas, responses, complaints, friendly updates, or other creative varieties of communication.

Who makes Cipher?

Editor-in-Chief / Sara Fleming 

     Editors / Tucker Smith, Kat Snoddy, Megan Bott, Callie Zucker, Becca Stine, Lo Wall

Art Editor / Caroline Li 

Assistant Art Editor / Isabel Aurichio

Web Editor / Mataan Peer

Copy Editors / Maddie McCann, Yumiko Gonzalez

Publicist / Jenelise Sutton 

Staff artist / Jessie Sheldon

Cipher is published by Cutler Publications.