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 an undergraduate-run literary magazine specifically dedicated to creative writing.  Supported by the English Department and members of the UC Davis community, Open Ceilings aims to capture and preserve in print the creative works of students, staff, faculty, and community members in Davis.

As a semiannual publication released in October and April each year, Open Ceilings accepts short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The magazine also features photography and artwork submissions.



To purchase a copy of our first issue on the Amazon Bookstore or visit us at one of our upcoming events! 


To submit, send your piece(s) to

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit each written piece as its own .doc or .docx file and a PDF. Please submit art and photography as a high quality .png or .jpeg file. You may submit up to 3 pieces of short fiction/creative nonfiction, up to 6 poems, and up to 10 art/photography submissions. Foreign language submissions accepted with an English translation. 

Facebook: @openceilingsmagazine • Instagram: open.ceilings

Mechanism Press Board of Directors:



Cheyenne Wiseman and Matthew Pimley (Board Directors);

Diane, Javier, Sydnee Rodriguez, Victoria Choi, Ariana Green, Helena Sherman, Patty Swing, Eli Elster (Central Board)



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