• Julie Chadwick at The White Rabbit Coffee Co Nanaimo

    Nanaimo author and freelance journalist will read from The Man Who Carried Cash and her Walrus nominated article on toxic breast implants at Portal magazine’s Portfolio Reading Series. Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. The Man Who Carried Cash chronicles a relationship that was both volatile and affectionate between Johnny Cash and his manager, Saul Holiff. From roadside taverns to the roaring crowds at Madison Square Garden, from wrecked cars and jail cells all the way to the White House, the story of Johnny and Saul is a portrait of two men from different worlds who were more alike than either cared to admit. Saul…

  • Beer & Burger Auction event raised $1500.00 for the magazine! Thanks everyone!

    Big Thanks to the following Portal 2019-2020 Silent Auction donations!  We raised $1500.00! Black & Blue Tattoo Black Goose Inn Blackbird Resin Brechin Lanes Chop Hair Bar and Day Spa Coach and Horses  Coal City Cycles Fig Love Clothing Co.  Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant Mambo Gourmet Pizza The Medicine Garden Oceanscape Ralph Gustafson Chapbooks That 50s Barber Shop The Pantry Restaurant The Port Theatre SIS Propane Sunstone Pottery Serenity Salon Shear Agony Hair Salon Sheep Sinner Shoppers Drug Mart Starbucks Starfish Soap Company VIU Bookstore Romela Bocancea Alexander Clifton Ridley  Cindy Entesary Tara Qua Portal Team thanks all Silent Auction donations!

  • Meet the Editors

    Kiara Fiction Editor What are you studying? I am majoring in creative writing with a minor in psychology and loving both! My focus streams under the creative writing umbrella are fiction, poetry, and publishing. Some of my favorite courses have been genre fiction with Susan Juby and free verse poetry with Sonnet L’Abbe. Abnormal psychology is one of my main interests in the psych field. What do you like to write? Fiction! I like to dabble in a little bit of everything – romance, realism, Y/A, fantasy, and more! I want to publish long-form works, but the short story form is growing on me. I also enjoy writing poetry –…

  • Writing Prompt: The Snowflake Method Part III

    Portal magazine continues to accept submissions for our annual issue, which will be released 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. This series of posts is here to get the wheels turning using Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. The steps we covered in Part 2 should leave you with a 4-page in-depth summary of your story. The Snowflake Method was designed by a novelist, so the remaining steps may not fight a short story perfectly. Feel free to experiment as you work. Let’s begin by returning to your character sheets. Take each character description and expand it…

  • Writing Prompts: The Snowflake Method (Part 2)

    Portal magazine is still 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 for entries of up to 2000 words in both categories. This series of posts is here to get the wheels turning using Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. After the steps we covered in part 1, you should have a good idea of what your story is about and how it’s going to be structured. Now, take your summary paragraph and expand each sentence into a paragraph of its…