Cowpokes, aliens, writers, send us your submissions….

We want stories and poems about West. West is a bullet-riddled ’85 Grand Marquis, a gleaming spaceship hovering over Roswell, a cowboy paying for latte with his Amex-card, an alien wondering where in the world to get the golden iPhone. West is where it hurts, West is the rattlesnake you didn’t hear, the dust storm sanding your car, the champagne underneath the Hollywood sign, the checkout line of a grocery store that doesn’t carry mandarin-orange segments in fruit juice, green-chile and cheese burritos from the 24-hour gas station. West is when there’s no West left. West is where you always wanted to be.

Write West. Send it our way.



Flash Fiction (500-1,500 words)

Short Stories (up to 4,000 words)

Creative Nonfiction (up to 4,000 words)

Poetry (3-5 poems)

Art & Photography (Black & White only; 300 dpi JPEG)


Send submissions to

Deadline: March 31, 2015

View El Portal‘s Terms of Submission page for official rules concerning submissions.


*Please submit all written work in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. With the exception of poetry and art/photography, please limit entries to one story or essay. Prizes will be awarded to ENMU students only. Prizes awarded only in Short Story, Poetry, and Art/Photography categories. When entering a submission, please include a 20-50 word biography to be printed alongside your piece in the event that it is accepted for publication.

Jack Williamson Endowed Chair Events (Spring 2015)

Jim O’Donnell will be starting the new year as the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair. O’Donnell writes travel literature using his background in cultural anthropology. ENMU will be hosting two major events while he is here:

  • Reading on Friday, 23 January at 2pm in JWLA 112 (the new lecture hall)
  • Lecture on Thursday, 29 January at 2pm in JWLA 112

We welcome and encourage all to attend these events. If you have any questions pertaining to Jim O’Donnell or the events listed above, please feel free to leave a Facebook comment under this post.

More information on the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair.

More information on Jim O’Donnell.