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Portent Contest: Deadline Extended to November 1st

A zoom in on the dictionary entry for Portent and Portentous.

Did you know this is the first year Portal is running a contest open to all non-fiction writers across Canada? Portal magazine is Canada’s only full-colour nationally distributed literary magazine and invites Canadian authors to submit their best work to its premiere competition entitled Portent.

The deadline has been extended to November 1st, 2018 with a grand prize of $500 (Canadian funds) going to the winner. The entry fee is $25 which includes an issue of the 2019 Portal. The contest’s genre rotates every year among creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, scripts and art and photography.

While Portal is dedicated to publishing the works of students at Vancouver Island University, the contest is open for the first time to non-student entries from across the nation and is an opportunity to be published in Canada’s only full-colour literary magazine.

Genres under the umbrella of creative non-fiction include: personal essays, memoir, narrative non-fiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, cultural criticism, nature writing, literary journalism, and biography.

The entry must not be more than 2,000 words and include contact information (address, phone number, email) and title and word count of submission on a separate page as the contest is adjudicated through blind judging. Please double space your work and submit only one entry per a person.

To pay the entry fee:

  • go to the VIU Foundation website and select “other” under Amount and enter $25 and “other” under Designation typing in Portal Portent contest in the allotted space. Fill out the remaining credit card billing information and consider yourself entered.
  • Alternatively, enclose a cheque made out to the VIU Foundation with $25 in Canadian funds and mail to: David Forrester – Portent Contest, Advancement & Alumni Relations Office 900 Fifth Street, Building 310 Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5.
  • Submit your ms by email to viuportal@gmail.com

The winner will be notified via email and be announced on Portal’s website and Facebook page, with the publication of the winning entry appearing in Portal’s 2019 issue. The winner will be interviewed for our website.

Entries already published, accepted, or submitted elsewhere are ineligible. Previous publication is considered to be any appearance in print or online, including in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Twitter, or Facebook prior to April 2019.

– Zach Cooper, Fiction Editor

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