Portal is an annual full-colour 96-page literary magazine celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021 and this edition will continue the tradition of excellence with fiction, poetry, non-fiction, scripts, art, and photography from up-and-coming talents, as well as interviews with award-winning Canadian writers, book reviews, and more. This website also features backlist issues, podcasts of readings and launches, magazine video promos/trailers, and subscription and submission information.

Portal is distributed nationwide by Magazines Canada and sells for $10. Close to 2000 people read Portal annually, particularly some of VIU’s 18,000 students and 700 faculty on its Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, and Powell River campuses, parents and relatives of contributors, and members of the arts community and public.

What Portal can do for you:
Portal guarantees your advertisement to reach three key demographics. Your business will receive exposure from the student population, VIU faculty members, and Portal’s growing readership across Canada.

We print 500 copies, but have a pass-along circulation of 2000. We can be ordered online from the VIU bookstore as our own menu item under General Books and found in bookstores and other literary establishments and libraries up and down the island and across the country.

Your organization will:

  • have the ad published in the upcoming issue, available in April;
  • AND/OR be showcased here on

 And, in addition, will be:

  •  listed in the Friends of Portal page of the magazine;
  • ·verbally credited at all student offline and online events;
  • ·in receipt of a copy of the magazine once published as well as an official thank-you card.

Please consider booking a 3-year ad for a 20% discount payable upfront and direct any questions regarding ads to the Advertising Manager at portalmag[at] We are happy to field any additional enquiries you might have after reading the rate card below.               

You can reserve the following advertising space in the next issue of Portal (April):

Quarter Page (3.5″ x 4.75″)
Half Page (7.5” x 4.75”)
Full Page (7.5” x 10”)
Web Only

$100, or $80 with 3-year commitment
$175, or $140 with 3-year
$300, or $240 with 3-year

3-year commitment is a 20% discount

Please submit a high-resolution colour ad (.PDF or .EPS at 300dpi) by February 1st by attachment at viuportal [at]

Pay with credit card at by selecting “other” under Amount and entering the amount corresponding to the size above. Then select “other” under Designation and type in “Portal Ad” in the allotted space. Fill out the remaining credit card billing information and consider yourself paid.

Alternatively, send a cheque to the VIU Foundation in Canadian funds and mail to:

Portal Ads
David Forrester
Advancement & Alumni Relations Office
Bldg 310 – 900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5