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 El Portal is accepting original, unpublished short stories, creative non-fiction (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
Colin Dodds is a writer with several books to his name, including Ms. Never and Windfall. He grew up in Massachusetts and lived in California briefly, before finishing his education in New York City. Since then, he’s made his living as a journalist, editor, copywriter and video producer. His work has appeared in Gothamist, The Washington Post and … Continue reading Web Feature by Colin Dodds
August Web Feature by Cindy Gentry Cindy Gentry has enjoyed creative pursuits her whole life, and began creating artwork in 2018, after a move to New Mexico. She grew up in the mountains of Montana, to a father who taught her to love nature through his career with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and a mother … Continue reading My Daughter, the Hero