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Portal 2018: Lucky Launch

Each year Portal launches new talented fiction, non-fiction, and script writers, poets, and artists from Vancouver Island University, giving them a platform to share their work and gain a publishing credit, sometimes for the first time.

Our magazine team, consisting of fourth-year Creative Writing student, has spent the last term reading, debating, selecting, and editing our favourite 25 pieces from over 400 submissions. Now it’s the end of the term and we’re ready to show them off.

Join us on Friday, April 13th at the Grand Hotel,

Rutherford Rd, for an enchanting starry northern lights night as we cruise through the pages of this issue. The launch will feature readings from most of our 18 authors: stories about bird watching, going home, dream construction, supermen, and haunting childhood moments. The event will also feature music performed by Maverick Cinema, a delicious reception with appetizers for all, awards presentations, and mingling with friends and fellow writers as we wind down and relax at semester’s end.

Tickets are available online at viuportal@gmail.com, Facebook/portalmag, portalmag.ca or from any of the Portal members for only $15 (includes a copy of the newest issue) and will be available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the launch party begins at 7:00 pm.


-Chantelle Nazareth, Event and Launch Coordinator

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