Literary Magazines

English majors and minors have been centrally involved in the creation of two literary magazines on campus. These magazines offer a space for our students (and others in the community) to publish their writing.


Mechanism Press Literary Magazine: Open Ceilings

Mechanism Press is a student-run organization that produces a literary magazine called Open Ceilings. Supported by the English Department and members of the UC Davis community, Mechanism Press aims to capture and preserve in print the creative works of students, staff, faculty, and community members in Davis.

As a biannual publication specifically dedicated to creative writing, Open Ceilings accepts short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The magazine also features photography and artwork submissions.

To submit, send your piece(s) to

Facebook: @openceilingsmagazine • Instagram: open.ceilings

See the flyer

English undergraduate students involved: (Front Row) Victoria Choi, Ariana Green, Diane Javier (Back Row) Matthew Pimley, Helena Sherman, Eli Elster


Other Collective

Other Collective is a student-run media platform at the UC Davis campus dedicated to dismantling orientalist perspectives. Other Collective highlights the issues, culture and experiences of South Asian, South West Asian and North African diasporas. They seek to reframe distorted portrayals of those communities and reject unrepresentative boxed categories of student identities. As the explain in their mission statement, “Many people’s identity from the aforementioned geographic regions is not represented accurately within the provided options under the ‘race’ category, and thus they would rather check off ‘Other’. The magazine is addressing this misrepresentation and identifying as “Other” while simultaneously reclaiming the “othering” that has been done to those communities, combating the continuous clumping of people into categories and blurring of identities.”

English undergraduate students involved, pictured below (from left to right): Sumayya Shaik, Kiana Borjian, Teja Dusanapudi, Talia Basma, Edinette Dasalla