El Portal: Eastern New Mexico University’s Literary Journal

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 El Portal is accepting original, unpublished short stories, creative non-fiction (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

Email us at el.portal@enmu.edu to submit!

Monthly Web Features

A Shock of Blue

November Web Feature by Robin Blackburn McBride Robin Blackburn McBride holds degrees in English, Drama, and Education from the University of Toronto. She is a member of Amnesty International Canada and PEN Canada and an active supporter of environmental causes, including the preservation of old-growth forests. A Shock of Blue by Robin Blackburn McBride Dust lingered everywhere—on the chalkboard and tablets, on sweaty fingers rubbing out answers and rewriting them, … Continue reading A Shock of Blue

Staying Alive

October Web Feature by W. Arnold Yasinski Arnold Yasinski wrote his first poem when he was fifty years old and hassince published fifty others in American poetry journals. His firstcollection of poems, Proposition, was published by 21st CenturyRenaissance in Ireland (January 2020). Staying Alive by W. Arnold Yasinski On the other side of my new … Continue reading Staying Alive

Web Feature by Colin Dodds

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