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Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submission: Friday, 11/29/19 11:59 p.m.

Writing Submission Requirements

Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Short Fiction, 2-D Visual Art

Submissions are open to all current students, staff, and faculty.

In addition, each submission is eligible for consideration of an best overall and excellence prize in each category. The submissions are judged anonymously by volunteer CFCC faculty and staff. All of the entries and scores are collected from the judges and the scores are tallied. Top ranking entries are chosen for publication and entries with the highest total score may win prizes in their category. In April, we will announce the winners and newly published authors and artists in an acknowledgment ceremony where we recognize everyone who helps make Portals a success.

Submit up to two Poems and one piece of Short Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction.

  • Short Fiction–up to 3,000 words
  • Non-Fiction–up to 3,000 words
  • Poetry–up to 50 lines
  1. Submit only well-edited copies that would be ready for publication. Use or omission of punctuation will be considered intentional, or part of style, and will not be “corrected” by editors. Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will not be considered.
  2. Writing entries must be electronically submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt files.
  3. Writing entries must be formatted using 12 pt. Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font.
  4. For Short Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, indent each new paragraph by 5 spaces using the tab button (not space bar). Follow conventions for punctuating dialogue.
  5. Single space all writing entries unless part of style.
  6. The title of each work and author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address must be completed on the online submission form.
  7. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the work itself.
  8. Entries should be labeled as Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, or Poetry. (ON THE SUBMISSION FORM)
  9. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but no more than two poems and one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction may be submitted per submission period.
  10. Portals acquires first serial rights. By submitting for publication, you also agree that Portals reserves the right to use your published submission on a one-time basis for the magazine’s promotions. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
  11. Previously unpublished submissions only.
Submit Your Writing

Submissions that do not adhere to all of the submission guidelines will not be considered for publication. We are unable to send confirmation on whether submission guidelines have been met for each entry, so please submit carefully.

Email questions to portalsmag@gmail.com .


Art Submission Requirements

Prints, Photographs, Computer Art, Drawings, Paintings

Submit up to two entries

  1. All art entries must be submitted electronically as .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif files with a target dpi of 300 and a minimum image width of 4 inches.
  2. Artwork may be submitted in black and white or color. Our use of color images is very limited, and original color copies may be converted to black and white for publishing. Therefore, consider carefully the conversion quality of your images.
  3. The title of each work and author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address must be completed on the online submission form.
  4. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the work itself.
  5. Entries should be labeled as 2-D Art Visual Art. (ON THE SUBMISSION FORM)
  6. All entries must be technically proficient.
  7. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but no more than a total of two pieces of art may be submitted.
  8. Previously unpublished submissions only.
  9. Portals acquires first serial rights. By submitting for publication, you also agree that Portals reserves the right to use your published submission on a one-time basis for the magazine’s promotions. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
Submit your artwork

Submissions that do not adhere to all of the submission guidelines will not be considered for publication. We are unable to send confirmation on whether submission guidelines have been met for each entry, so please submit carefully.

Email questions to portalsmag@gmail.com .

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