Matchbox Magazine began in 2005 on the campus of University of California – Santa Cruz.

Our Mission: To serve as a platform for underrepresented voices for the artists that make up the undergraduate body within the entire UC system. We aim to publish quality art, prose, poetry, music, and spoken word that reflects the diversity of students and art alike. As the only UC-wide literary magazine, we aspire to serve as a unifying factor between the nine UC campuses and offer wide exposure for student artists.

As a non-profit organization, we are made up of a small, volunteer staff that works diligently all year to produce our annual publication.We are big advocates for keeping print alive, but it is costly. Our magazine is made possible through donations and fundraising. It is important that we offer our magazine for free on all UC campuses so students may have access to their peers’ work.

***Matchbox Magazine publishes work by people of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles***

We would like to show our support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. We are outraged by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the many other lives that have been lost to police brutality and racial violence. We are working on concrete steps to support the movement.