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Portals: the Practical Journal

With an enrollment of 23,000; small classes that allow for individualized attention; and affordable tuition, Cape Fear Community College is “a major economic development partner in southeastern North Carolina.” Students either earn two years of credit toward a four-year degree or graduate CFCC with world-class workforce training and employable skills.

This same dedication to ethos and the real-world application of training can be found in Portals, the annual literary journal and arts magazine of CFCC.

Edited and produced by students and faculty in the English Department, Portals offers editorial and production training as part of the English Department’s committment to prepare students as “effective and efficient listeners, speakers, readers, writers, and critical thinkers; the enhancement of student success in other courses, jobs and careers; and the facilitation of students’ connectedness of self and others for the appreciation and understanding of diversity.”

All of the back issues are archived as PDFs for free on their website. There, you can lose yourself in stories and poetry—as well as art work—by countless emerging writers and artists.

Portals accepts previously unpublished work. They accept prose up to 2,500 words or up to two poems, fifty lines max. Given their fairly rigid formatting requirements, definitely make sure to check all the submission guidelines before submitting your work.

Submissions are open through November 30.

There are also annual awards; check back at the website for details.