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Writing Prompts: The Snowflake Method (Part 2)

November 10, 2018

Part 1 Portal magazine is accepting submissions for our annual issue out in April (fiction/non-fiction/poetry/script, VIU students only, no submission fee, deadline November 30th). We’re looking for entries of up to 2000 words in all categories. This series of posts is here to…

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Writing and Risk: Looking Ahead at the 2018 Gustafson Lecture

November 6, 2018

Next week on November 7th and 8th, VIU will welcome award-winning poet Lorna Crozier to campus as the 2018 Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet. She’ll be presenting a lecture and reading/Q&A for students, as well as a public reading at White Sails Brewery. Click…

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Seeking a Literary Community

October 27, 2018

As writers, we spend long nights in dark rooms with glaring desktop screens and stalled fingertips. As readers, our eyes crust over long before we’re ready to put the book down and sleep – even then, the stories follow us into dreamland. So…

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Portal and Writing What You Know

October 23, 2018

“Write what you know” is advice often suggested to writers, but what does it really mean? Author Nathan Englander, however, argues the downside of “writing what you know”: “I think it’s the best piece of advice there is, but I think it’s also the most misunderstood, most mis-taught, most misinterpreted…

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Writing Prompts: The Snowflake Method

October 16, 2018

Portal magazine is currently accepting submissions for both our national non-fiction writing contest called Portent ($500 prize, $25 entry fee, deadline November 1st) and our annual issue out in April (fiction/non-fiction/poetry/script, VIU students only, no submission fee, deadline November 30th, ). We’re looking…

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Portent Contest: Deadline Extended to November 1st

October 4, 2018

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…

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