Words to transport you

Creativity that conveys, carries, and conducts.
Explorations that elevate, enchant, and entrance.
Prose that provokes. Stories that spellbind. Tales that thrill.

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PORTAL: Words to transport you.

Creativity that conveys, carries, and conducts. Explorations that elevate, enchant, and entrance. Prose that provokes. Stories that spellbind.
Tales that thrill.

“Circuit Girl” (2024)
Cover Photo by Jack Corfield

Portent Contest 2025 Announced

Attention poets! The Portent Prize genre for our 2025 issue of Portal will be poetry. It’s never too early to start drafting…

What type of magazine is Portal?

  • Annual

    For over 30 years and counting

  • Colourful

    Artwork, photography, and writing on 96 full-colour pages

  • Canadian

    Vancouver Island based in Nanaimo, BC

  • Literary

    Short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and scripts + interviews and book reviews

Flynn
Connolly Sifton

Fiction
"It Leaves an Impression"

Gustafson Poet

Karen Solie

  • Book Reviews
All is Well

The title of Katherine Walker’s novel, All is Well, is intended to be ironic as we learn from the opening…

Bystander

The truth is, Peter doesn’t like his job at all. It’s a show. Instead of handling problems simply, his bosses…

Danceland Diary

dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s Danceland Diary is a mysterious novel that, at its heart, is a disturbing account of family history going back three…

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Portal 2023 Cover / Cover Photo: "Afghan Swans" by Seth Scott

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