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 El Portal is accepting original, unpublished short stories, creative non-fiction (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
March 2023 El Portal Web feature by Leslie Armstrong Leslie Armstrong has published three books: The Little House, CollierMacmillan (1979); and Space for Dance: An Architectural Design Guide(1984), and in 2020, Girl Intrepid: A New York Story of Privilege andPerseverance, a memoir.) Brownstones by Leslie Armstrong I am a city girl. Houses for me have…
Unye Terminal, After Midnight
Timothy Dodd is from Mink Shoals, West Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of short story collections Fissures and Other Stories (Bottom Dog Press), Men in Midnight Bloom (Cowboy Jamboree Press), and Mortality Birds (Southernmost Books, with Steve Lambert), as well as the poetry collection, Modern Ancient (High Window Press), In addition to appearing in earlier editions of El Portal,…
Slim’s Back in Town
January Web Feature by Anthony Kane Evans Anthony Kane Evans has had around sixty-five short stories published in various UK, French, US, Canadian, Nigerian, Singaporean, and Australian literary journals, e-zines, and anthologies. Journals include London Magazine (UK), Orbis Quarterly International Literary Journal (UK), The Tusculum Review (US), Going Down Swinging (Australia), and The Antigonish Review…