Submission Guidelines

El Portal is open to submissions from all artists and writers. Submissions are published on the basis of talent, content, and editorial needs.

El Portal serves as the creative forum for the students, faculty, and staff of Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) as well as artists, writers, and photographers worldwide; consequently, the views expressed in El Portal do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints and opinions of ENMU as as whole.


  • Flash Fiction (up to 500 words)
  • Short Stories (up to 4,000 words)
  • Creative Nonfiction (up to 4,000 words)
  • Poetry (up to 5 poems)
  • Art & Photography (up to 5 pieces)

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. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. We simply ask that you inform the editor ( in a timely fashion if any of your pieces have been accepted elsewhere so that we may remove them from consideration.

Prizes  are awarded in the Fiction, Poetry, and Art/Photography categories. Prizes will be awarded to ENMU students only.

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.

Submission Periods.

  • Spring Issue: August 1st – October 31st
  • Fall Issue: January 1st – May 11th


  • Spring Issue: October 31st
  • Fall Issue: May 11th

If you are interested in submitting work to a future issue of El Portal, you can do so by contacting the editor at For more information on terms of submission, please visit our Submission Terms page. You can also visit the Past Contributors page to see who has contributed to El Portal in recent issues.