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Portal Blog

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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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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