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Welcome to the homepage for The Cypher, Community College of Philadelphia’s literary magazine for students enrolled in developmental English classes. In 2001, English professor Leslye Friedberg started a literary magazine for students enrolled in Developmental English classes at the College, the CAP literary magazine. After ten years of giving students a place to share their voice with an audience, Leslye stepped down as the magazine’s advisor. Last year, I was fortunate enough to pick up where Leslye left off. Though the name has changed, the spirit of the magazine remains the same. The Cypher contains the words and images of students, students who write poems and song lyrics, who paint, sketch, and photograph their world.

—Stephanie Scordia, Faculty Advisor

Now accepting submissions for the 2014/2015 edition of The Cypher

The Cypher Wins Third Place in Literary Magazine Competition

The Cypher literary magazine was recently named Third Place Winner in the Eastern Division of the Community College Humanities Association's 2014 Literary magazine Competition. The CCHA also recognized two individual students for their work: David Curby, Second Place--Ceramics and Deral Ingram, Honorable Mention--Photography. The Cypher is the College's literary magazine for students enrolled in developmental English classes and is published in the spring through the Office of Student Life. The magazine's advisor, Stephanie Scordia of the English Department, will accept the award at the CCHA conference in Baltimore in November.

About the Magazine

The Cypher is published annually and accepts submissions from students in developmental English classes (ENGL 098; ENGL 098/099; ENGL 098/108). It is produced entirely by Community College of Philadelphia students and is sponsored by The Office of Student Life. 1,500 copies of the magazine are printed in-house and are distributed free of charge to College students, faculty and staff.

Are you a student currently enrolled in English 098, English 098/099, or English 098/108? Do you write poetry, short stories, or non-fiction essays? Are you a photographer, painter or graphic designer? If so, the College’s literary and visual arts magazine The Cypher wants to hear from you!

What Can I Submit?

The Cypher accepts poetry (including song lyrics), short fiction, non-fiction essays, photography and other artwork. You may submit work to multiple categories, but you are limited to three (3) entries per category. All work must be original and no previously published work will be accepted. Please note that the work does not have to be something composed for a class.

How Do I Submit My Work?

Send your written submissions (as a Word document attachment) to Be sure to include your full name and contact info, as well as your English 098 professor’s name, and a short bio. Please send photos as high resolution JPEG files. For all other artwork submissions, please contact me for more details.

Stephanie Scordia, Faculty Advisor