Diving For Pearls

Online writers' resources by Ingrid Bruck

Ingrid Bruck is an editor at Between These Shores.  She was a featured writer in BTSA Issue #2. Her column is devoted to online writer resources. She found her own writer support community online. Writing this column is one way of "paying it forward". 

Diving for Pearls: Online Writers Resources

BTS Books strives to be a writers resource. Toward that end, we invite writers to share their information, link, and news of interest for the literary community. 

Email your pearls of resources for writers to:

Ingrid Bruck, Network and Resource Editor


November 2020

Where To Publish Writing About Current Events 

Many journals categorize any literary response to what’s in the news as political writing and will not consider it.  Others open a doorway, a resistance option beyond Editorial Letters in the newspaper. 


The literary journals I selected to highlight are ones that accept writing of witness. They generally prefer work that does not rant or hammer the causes of political persuasion. 


Some of them categorize writing about current events as creative non-fiction. Others refer to this kind of writing as essay. Or state they accept a hybrid mix of non-fiction and poetry. Some are open to writing in any form that protests abuse.  


If you are a writer (like me) who hears the siren call of poetry of witness, these literary journals may be of interest to you. 


Literary Journals Open to Current Events: This select list contains literary journals that accept writing of protest and politics. What they have in common is that these venues value artists and writers creative response to current events.


New Verse News.  http://www.newversenews.com. Timely. Poetry only.  


Poets Respond® | Rattle: Poetry.   https://www.rattle.com/respond/  Features a weekly poem abut current events of the week. 


Writers Resisthttps://www.writersresist.com/submission-guide/  Feminist journal. Dedicated civil non-violent resistance. 


Poets Reading The News  For “current events from around the world”.


Line Rider Press. This journal "encourage(s) politically-minded poetry"


Collective Unrest.  Art and multi-genre writing. Requires a “message of political resistance, social justice, and unrest.”


Canary - A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis Currently taking submissions on the theme of winter.


The Satirist.  The Satirist - Submissions | The Satirist. Publishes some satirical, news related poetry and prose.  


Consequence Magazinehttps://www.consequencemagazine.org/submit/ Non-Profit. Annual publication. Fiction & Non-Fiction. About the culture of war. 


Rats Ass Reviewhttp://ratsassreview.net/?page_id=81. Open to poetry of resistance but not politics.   


The Poets’ Republic | Poets React.  https://poetsrepublic.org/poets-react/ Poets React section of this journal, for current week “news or current affairs <that> go astray.” English & Scots, Gaelic.


Please note, some journals feature a single genre, others are open to non-fiction, fiction, poetry, art. Before you submit, determine whether a particular journal offers a good match for your work. You’ll waste your time (or theirs) sending writing of witness to a journal averse to current event writing.


Good luck getting your news of the day pieces published! 

And Don't Forget...

High Quality Journals (No Fee to Submit)


Between These Shores Annual- Open: January 1 - June 30, 2020



Gold Dust Magazine  -  two editions per year, in June and December. They don't accept simultaneous submissions and recommend you submit two to three months prior to the publication dates.     http://www.golddustmagazine.co.uk/Writers.htm


Poetry Breakfast- Subscribe for a daily poem in your inbox. Submission Guideline:



Rat’s Ass Review- Open: Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2019  Those published receive an invitation from Editor Roderick Bates to join a fine workshopping site.   



Verse-Virtual— supportive poetry’s community that accepts submissions the first ten days of the month.   https://www.verse-virtual.com/submit.html


General Information About Where to Submit (Fee & Free to Submit)

Submishmash Weekly by Submittable- subscribe to receive the posts  


Entropy Magazine: Where to Submit: June, July & August 2019



Erika Dreifus- subscribe to Practicing Writing Blog



Trisch Hopkinson- subscribe to her writer’s blog - Trisch emails weekly blasts of information about writer opportunities  https://trishhopkinson.com


NewPages - subscribe to receive information about writer opportunities and places to submit https://npofficespace.com/newpages-newsletter/

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