Portal Blog

It’s Hard to be Canadian

April 18, 2018

    Traditionally, it’s been hard to be a Canadian literary magazine. Spill over from the American market has caused Canadian literary magazines to exist in their shadow. However, according to statistics on magazine trends published by Magazines Canada American spill over is on…

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Portal Team Welcomes Launch Keynote Grant Buday

April 17, 2018

    In addition to the talented young VIU writers featured at our Portal 2018 Launch last Friday at the Grand Hotel, the team was happy to welcome Grant Buday as our keynote speaker to offer a seasoned author’s perspective on the evening….

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Portal 2018: Lucky Launch

April 6, 2018

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…

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Fostering Creative Community

March 20, 2018

If there’s one thing I took away from the art careers class I took in third year, it’s that you need to leave your house and interact with other creative people. Some call it networking, but it doesn’t need to be as formal…

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Collaboration: The Key to Creative Minds

March 17, 2018

Communication between team members and contributors is absolutely vital to the production of Portal from assigning roles on our masthead to the launch of the finished issue. Telling others we appreciate their work is encouraging and helps to keep up morale and quality. As…

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Look at the Forest

March 10, 2018

So you’ve gotten your piece into Portal. Now what? Aspiring writers eagerly await acceptance emails and jump for joy when they see the notification appear in the inbox. All the earlier stress and revisions were worth it. As a non-fiction editor for this…

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