THEY LEFT IN THE MORNING, before the stars had even begun to disappear. The sky that had been purple-blue-black when they first pulled away from the flickering streetlamp just outside Claire’s family’s apartment was now vibrant and alive with the fiery oranges and yellows of sunrise, its reflection settled smack-dab in the center of the rearview mirror like a miniature masterpiece. They had three hours behind them and no particular destination in mind, their duffle bags slung carelessly into the bed of Ethan’s run-down ’82 Ford pickup. The cab was chilly with the last dregs of winter and Claire shivered a little. The heater was busted.
“Alright, screw it,” she announced, propping her feet up on the dash and tossing her book down onto the weathered seat between them. “Uncomfortable truths. Go.”
Ethan turned his eyes from the road for a second, confusion apparent. “What?”
“Uncomfortable truths,” she reiterated, this time more slowly. “Tell me something unsettling about yourself that I don’t already know.”
“Like what?” he asked, still not seeming to understand. Claire sighed.
“Fine. I’ll start,” she fiddled with the radio’s volume until Led Zeppelin faded out to a low hum. “You know those novelty jelly beans people buy as gag-gifts? The really gross ones that taste like mud, earwax, vomit…?
“I like the soap-flavored ones.”
“What?” Ethan’s nose crinkled in disgust.
“Yup,” she replied proudly. “Your turn.”
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The Fall 2014 edition of El Portal is here! Click on the cover picture (see below) to access an electronic version of the journal. Enjoy!
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5PM in Bernalillo Hall (lounge). Refreshments will be served.
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We’re happy to announce that the launch party for the Spring 2014 Edition of El Portal
will be hosted on Friday, September 12th.
The festivities begin at 5:00pm in Bernalillo Hall, so if you’re in the area we would love for you to attend!
ENMU students, we know you’ve been anxiously waiting to find out the winning entries. Come to the launch to hear the formal announcement, as well as to bask in the admiration of your peers.
Would you like to read an excerpt from your published submission? We love when contributors are willing to read from their work! If this is something you’re interested in, you will be allotted a maximum of five minutes to share your work. Photographers, if you would like to display your piece(s) please bring an enlarged version of your work.
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Call For Submissions: El Portal
Attention, all writers, artists, photographers, and poets! Eastern New Mexico University is accepting submissions for the Fall 2013 El Portal.
El Portal is ENMU’s Literature and Arts Journal. It is published biannually.
El Portal and El Portal awards are funded by a grant from the Jack Williamson Trust. The late Dr. Williamson was a science fiction master, author, ENMU professor emeritus of English, and friend to writers and readers everywhere. He served as the faculty sponsor of El Portal while he taught at ENMU.
Submissions for following categories are needed:
- Flash Fiction (500-1500 words)
- Short Stories (up to 4000 words)
- Creative Nonfiction Essays (up to 4000 words)
- Poetry (may submit 3-5 poems)
- Art and Photography (please submit 300 dpi JPEG)
–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.
–Works addressing the theme (above) are preferred but not required.
–Prizes will be awarded to ENMU students only.
–Prizes awarded only in Short Story, Poetry, and Art/Photography categories.
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2013