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Diving For Pearls

Online writers' resources by Ingrid Bruck

Ingrid Bruck is a new 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

January 2020


Mourning the poets we lost in 2019 published a list of major poets who died in 2019:  In Memoriam 2019  The following list includes links to work by:

In thinking about these silenced voices, I realize how sad I am for the loss of poets who inhabited my personal writing and reading world in 2019. Until they died, we inhabited the same literary world. They won’t produce new work in 2020. What they wrote made the literary world richer. These notables—ones who inspire my art—write no more. Suddenly, we no longer occupy the same present. I stay in the present but they are thrust in the past. We, the living writers, have been left behind and feel bereft. We confront a future without our mentors’ voices singing in harmony with our work and lives. We are consigned to stand on their shoulders, as we do on those of the ancestors.  


Mourning the loss of poets happens on both a global and local level. This year I grieve two special poetry friends from England who were part of my personal writing universe: Reuben Woolley and Rachel Sutcliffe.



Reuben Woolley, born in England, lived in Spain, died Dec. 1, 2019. Reuben was an activist editor and modernist poet of witness. One of my poetry friends, S.E. Ingraham, wrote this about Reuben:  “He was only 67 (too young by far, in my view). In any case - I know there are others that have written for his site, I Am Not A Silent Poet, so I am posting the news in a few places. I for one am deeply saddened at Reuben's loss - not only a remarkable poet and fair editor but a fine human being and advocate for social justice. He will be missed.”  


For more information about this poet, his life and writing philosophy, see the Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Reuben Woolley, of 9/8/18:


Here are two hot links to online memorials for Reuben Woolley: 


Tributes paid to innovative poet and protest verse editor Reuben Woolley

by Greg Freeman


A Sad Day: Rest in Peace Reuben Woolley, your voice will never be silenced…~ by Jamie Dedes




Rachel Sutcliffe was a great loss to the UK and English speaking haiku community. This gifted haijin lost her battle to illness. Below is one of Rachel’s fine haiku from a recent Tweet by MyHaikuPond:  


In case you missed MyHaikuPond's Tweet

Today's Find #2:


windfall apple

another bruise

I can’t hide


Rachel Sutcliffe (1977-2019)


Prune Juice, July 2018


Rachel lived in England. Her Blog, Project Words, remains alive online and contains some of her haiku:


Here’s a link in memory of Rachel Sutcliffe:,-rachel.html


May the memory of the poets we lost in 2019 live on in our words!


Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal - family friendly,  a magazine promoting inspirational and uplifting poetry no matter the topic.


Ginosko Literary Journal: Grace Spirit Vision - between literary vision and spiritual reality, the recognition of truth from experience.


Halcyon Days: Promoting the peaceful things in life- online/print magazine. Editor Monique Berry (Canada) seeks poetry and fiction that is peaceful.


Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk- inspirational literature and art that nurtures the spirit


Parabola: The Magazine of Myth And Tradition - explore quest for meaning.


Peacock Journal - online & print. Devoted to all things beautiful. Poem/fic/non-fiction.


Poppy Road Review - poems and flash fiction between the cracks that linger and haunt


Ruminate: A Contemplative Magazine Chewing the Mysteries of Life.  A contemplative magazine for spiritual travelers.


Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing - accepts new and previously published work on the theme of healing (emotional, physical, spiritual, community.


Soul-Lit: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry - the Soul-Lit team created this online journal to counter the scarcity of venues for spiritual poetry.


Tikkum: The Prophetic Jewish, Interfaith & Secular Voice - to heal, repair and transform the world. interfaith art and literature for social change guided by spiritual and ethical values.


Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature - non-sectarian, non-dogmaticpoetry, prose, and art. Bi-annual. Fostering Peace Through Literature & Art.


Image Journal: Art, Faith, Mystery - quarterly journal. Grapples with religious faith in Western tradition (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)


Labyrinthine Passages - prose and poetry. faith inspired work. raw emotion that cries out to God.


Letters Journal - creative writing that connects belief, faith and spirituality with art.


My Macberet - Weekly Blog by Erika Dreifus - contains Jewish literary news and commentary. Free to subscribe.


The Other Journal - faith and spirituality in the Christian tradition


The review review: View on Publishing Flesh Made Word: Five Lit Magazines Defined by Christian Faith~ by Chris Wiewiora.


The Uncertainty Club: A Magazine of Zen & the Arts - Zen koans embrace our vital unsteadiness in the boundary space between Zen and creative process


Chicken Soup for the Soul - open for submission of inspirational, true stories about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences that open the heart and rekindle the spirit.


Inspiritus Press - Canadian. Inspiritus, means “breathe” and contains the word for “spirit”—to be filled with the Muses, to be filled with the gods or God. The logo represents a breath of air, a gust of wind, the winds of change, and a spirit, a force, that carves its way forward.


Orison Books - spiritually engaged poetry, fiction and non-fiction. They seek to publish work that has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience.


The Christian Science Monitor  -  nonprofit news organization that publishes daily articles in electronic format as well as a weekly print edition.  Daily newspaper was established in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. Inspirational writers may wish to check out The Home Forum and People Making a Difference paper sections which consider unsolicited submissions.

And Don't Forget...

Contemporary Poets, Their Works, Current Poetry Projects, News, Links: Free. Participation open to public. 15,971 members. Administered by Michael Lee Johnson. A Facebook page where a large community of practicing writers gather. Writers promote themselves by posting links to newly published work. This active social network is a place to discuss writing trends, read interviews of practicing writers, read reviews of newly published work.  Contemporary Poets, Their Works, Current Poetry Projects, News, Links

International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG): Women gather to write, be supported and learn. For women or female identifying. Non-Profit. Established 1976. Offers free and member services. Global village is public, free and open. Members receive discounted prices for events and services. IWWG presents an annual week-long summer conference, regional writer events, online webinars.  Closed Forums for members only include: IWWG Member Room; Writer Share Forum; online bookclub; online critique groups.  The International Women's Writing Guild - IWWG  &  The International Women's Writing Guild

Verse-Virtual: An Online Community of Poetry:

A free, public and online poetry community facilitated by Firestone Feinberg, editor. Verse-Virtual is an online poetry community AND an online poetry journal. The online journal is named Verse-Virtual. V-V has three FaceBook pages: Verse-Virtual (the place where members share links for published poem acceptances, writer career milestones, submission calls, etc.); V-V Talk (discussion of poetry and poetics); and V-V Shmooze (writer chat). Membership in the V-V writer community begins when a poet has one (or more) poems published in Verse-Virtual. V-V members are encouraged to share positive comments about other writer’s poems that appear monthly in Verse-Virtual. Connections are made; personal friendships develop. HOME - VERSE-VIRTUAL

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“Mod-Po”):

Massive free online course  (MOOC by Coursera) facilitated by Al Filreis, Kelly House, University of Pennsylvania. 31,790 students enrolled. No prior experience required. Global membership. To participate in the ModPo writer community, you must enroll in ModPo. Core curriculum includes a ten-week-survey of American poetry for writers and students of writing. Participation in this community of writers and students is incremental and on-going for lifetime learners. Writers complete ModPo, advance to ModPoPlus curriculum, join discussion groups in multitudinous areas of interest. Participants have an option to participate in study groups in their areas of interest. (EX: Haiku Corner participants discuss haiku and write collaborative renga). ModPo-ers don’t stop when they complete one area of interest. Instead, they progress to the next advanced group. (EX: Global Study Group exhausted ModPo & ModPoPlus resources but wanted more so they organized a discussion group to study, close read and discuss even more poems by featured authors in the course.) This unique ModPo community of writers runs year round in Slo-Po study groups. New class session starts Sept. 7, 2019. To enroll, follow this link to join:

Rats Ass Review: Closed Free Workshopping Group.

Reserved for published poets in the RAR family. Roderick Bates, editor of RAR, saw a need for writer workshopping and formed an online workshopping group. An invitation to the RAR workshopping group is offered to each poet that RAR publishes. The expertise and generous support of the RAR writers in this group has helped me improve as a poet. Many writers seem to be searching for a writer’s group to join; they are open to learn from other writers, want peers to read what they write and seek support for their writing. If this speaks to you, I recommend submitting to Rat’s Ass Review, a high quality and fine online poetry journal. The next submission period is not yet open.  Rat's Ass Review

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.


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.


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


NewPages - subscribe to receive information about writer opportunities and places to submit