Students across the genres in the Creative Writing department are eager to submit their work to Portal 2016. Just two days before the deadline, the magazine publishing class is hosting a Beer and Burger Silent Auction on November 25 at Old City Station Pub from 6 to 9 p.m.

This year, as always, the class hopes to attract students from all faculties and their families to distract from the drag of the semester’s final weeks, bidding their way into the holiday season. Fortunately, “Wing Wednesday” and the Canucks’ game on the same night will fill the downtown hotspot, as Portal will open the auction to all patrons.

This year, the auction includes items from Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire, Fascinating Rhythm, Funk Your Fashion, and work by local artists.

Money raised from the ticket sales and auction items will go towards the magazine’s increased print run and page count to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the VIU literary magazine.

“Whether you’re a Portal fan, a hockey fan, or a fan of early Christmas shopping, we look forward to seeing you there,” said Danielle Cunningham, Portal’s Managing Editor.

If you are still looking for something to submit to commemorate the silver anniversary, the Then and Now contest encourages art and written content that is inspired by the year 1991; being 25; or the contrast between 1991 and 2015, past and future. Submission guidelines can be found on their website: mediastudies.viu.ca/portal/index.php/ submission-guidelines.

Tickets are available from any Portal student, or by request through their email, viuportal@gmail.com. The $12 ticket includes a vegetarian or beef burger; fries; and beer, house wine, or pop.