El Portal offers a unique venue for the original work of writers, artists, and photographers. Published biannually, El Portal is funded by a generous grant from Dr. Jack Williamson, a world-renowned science fiction writer and professor emeritus at Eastern New Mexico University.
Founded in 1939 as the creative forum for the students, faculty, and staff of ENMU, it was Dr. Williamson who gave us the name of El Portal, along with his vision to showcase the region through art. Since then, we hold a soft spot for the West, but our eclectic tastes make us open to everything. Consequently, views expressed in this issue do not necessarily reflect those of ENMU.
Our mission is our name: El Portal is a door to poetry and fiction, photography and art, non-fiction and flash works striving to transgress boundaries, straddle borders, and most importantly, move us. El Portal is accepting original, unpublished short stories, creative non-fiction (<4,000 words), flash fiction (<1,000 words), photography/art, and poetry.
ENMU students, national, and international writers are welcome to submit their works for free. ENMU students are eligible to win cash prizes awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners in each category.
Photo: Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, NM Photo #3 © 2019 Linda Sumption
Monthly Web Features
Read El Portal issue 79 no. 1 here!El Portal Spring 2021
April Web Feature by Carson Pytell Dead My heart breaks for you, who was so young when my name was often heard just outside the library doors, whose smile was a spotlight and voice a cotton load lifted but for that and some weekend laughter I was sometimes close enough to hear, the voice I’d … Continue reading Dead
March Web Feature – Ronald L. Grimes Boundary Bound Once, when I thought my days were numbered, I had a peculiar desire. Before I die, I want to walk around New Mexico exactly on the boundary. Circumambulating my home state would be an inane ritual. Maybe I would put on whiteface and wear a clown … Continue reading Boundary Bound