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Competition reminder

Don’t forget your entries in the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition need to be posted by the last day of this month :)

The entry form can be found here: End-of-year entry form-2014

Thank you everyone for the support – it really helps to keep the magazine alive and provide ongoing opportunities for writers to see their work in print :)


June Mini-competition results

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the June mini-competition featuring the word PILLOW.

Some really great stories in 100 words or less and poems in ten lines or less.

Well done, everyone! Judging is never easy and I do appreciate the effort put into each entry.

I hope you will all continue to enter the Positive Words Mini-competitions.

The June results can be found here: Positive Words JUNE 2014 Mini

Formatting for Competitions

Every writing competition has different rules and it always pays to read carefully in case you’ve missed something that will disqualify your entry :(

This morning I received an email from a writer asking about formatting for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry competitions. Basically, it’s very flexible to allow the opportunity for everyone. There are usually a few handwritten entries each competition from those who don’t have computer access or from those whose printers have run out of ink or misbehaved at the last minute. No problems, as long as the handwriting is easy to read.

For printed entries, a fairly plain font is best and it is fine to bold or highlight headings, although illustrations are unnecessary.

The Positive Words writing competitions are not quite as prestigious as the Pulitzer or Booker Prizes (very close, though :) ) but are all about having-a-go. Entry fees help to keep Positive Words magazine afloat and thereby continue a popular writing opportunity and I truly believe by entering competitions, entrants improve their writing and gain confidence, even if they don’t win.

Thank you to everyone considering entering the current major competition and/or the mini-competitions. Details are below and please do not hesitate to email me if you need further information :)

End-of-year entry form-2014       mini themes 2014

Mini Writing Competition


The word for this month’s mini-competition is MAGPIE.

All you need to do is write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less and snail-mail it together with the entry fee ($1.40 in unused postage stamps) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia. Entries need to be posted by 30 September 2014.

Full details here : mini themes 2014


Don’t forget your entries in this month’s mini-competition need to be posted by tomorrow :)

The word this month is ELVIS.

For entry details see previous posts.

In the building?

Today’s prompt . . .

Has he left the building?

Perhaps some inspiration for this month’s Mini-competition or maybe something completely different :)

Positive Words MAY Mini-competition Results

Thank you to everyone who entered :)

You can find the results here: Positive Words MAY 2014 Mini

I had no idea there were so many ghosts, goblins and sinister beings lurking at both the tops and bottoms of staircases! I’m glad I won’t be ascending or descending any today after reading this month’s entries. Despite the shivers down my spine, I once again thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one and continue to me amazed at the inspiring talent from both young and older.

The word for this month’s mini-competition is ELVIS, and entry information is here: mini themes 2014

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