Portal Blog

Assembling the Puzzle

February 24, 2018

When you walk into a new course, you’re usually entirely in charge of how well you’ll do in the class. You decide how hard to work and your grade will reflect that. Unless you’re in a group project, you’re only responsible for yourself….

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Hearing Voices

February 11, 2018

Over the New Year, we read 400 pages of submissions for the 2018 issue of Portal, a diverse range of voices on VIU’s campus. Each of the authors selected had a unique voice, something hard to define but easy to spot. During one…

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Blind Statistics

February 8, 2018

The submissions are in, the team at Portal has made its decisions, and the editorial group is hard at work polishing the excellent work we received for this year’s edition. Portal takes this judging process very seriously; the creative writing community at VIU…

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Editing Your Script for Portal

January 30, 2018

Editing a script is as imperative as writing it. WithPortal’s shorter word maximum, however, additional issues should be considered to make a great first impression. While countless guides, like Ray Morton‘s or Jeanne Veillette Bowerman’s, stress how the best works can convey a world in just a few words, most of…

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Unleash Your Inner Artist

January 25, 2018

When I submitted to Portal magazine for its 2018 edition, I hoped that everything I had written in the past year would get reviewed by the Portal editors and perhaps end up in the 2018 issue. Portal, as luck would have it, also…

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Submissions Received. Now What?

January 23, 2018

If you submitted your manuscript to Portal by our December deadline, you may be wondering what happens next. In December, our Acquisitions Editor, Alim Rawji, compiled all the submissions into 4 genre groupings as PDFs – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or scripts – so…

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