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Young Talent

When I first started Positive Words magazine twenty years ago, I included a special page for ‘Young Writers’, (under 18). Although many young writers were featured, interest waned and I discontinued the page and simply used any writing I received from younger writers on the regular pages. This year my ten-year-old grandson expressed some interest in writing and in the latest issue (June) I decided to re-boot the Young Writers’ page using a story he wrote, in the hope it will encourage other young writers to contribute.

If you would like to encourage a young writer, submissions are welcome. Please ensure you ask permission of the Parent/Guardian and the young writer’s. Shorter submissions preferred, stories up to 500 words, poems to half a page.

Send submissions in hard copy to: Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798 Heathcote 3523 Victoria, and don’t forget to include contact details.

Sample copies of the magazine are available if you would like to get a feel for it. Send $2.20 in unused stamps per sample copy or contact me for direct deposit details.

Prize: Six month subscription to Positive Words magazine.

Entry Fee: $2.20(per entry) in unused postage stamps. No entry form required.

Entries must be posted by the last day of the relevant month and the winning entry will appear in a future issue. The winner will be notified.

Send entries to: The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798 Heathcote, Victoria 3523. Please include SSAE or email address for results.

Mini-Competition for June: Write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less using the word PINK at least once. Plural versions of the words are acceptable. Entries must be posted by 30 June 2022.

May Mini-Competition

Reminder – entries for the Positive Words May Mini-competition (Short stories up to 100 words, poems up to 10 lines) need to be posted (snail mail) by 31 May.

Details here, no entry form required :

Submissions Wanted

Thinking ahead to the AUGUST issue of Positive Words magazine… stories and poems about SPACE will be featured. Not limited to outer space, aliens and planet, don’t forget parking spaces, floor space and personal space; give your imagination free rein.

Although the monthly magazine is called Positive Words, stories and poems need not have a ‘positive’ vibe. The magazine was named for the act of doing something positive with our work, being brave and sending it out, having a go etc., and sad tales, negative experiences etc are equally welcome.

I am looking for some traditional tributes as well as some different styles and themes.

There is no closing date for submissions but to allow time to prepare the magazine, please send asap. This is a popular theme and space fills quickly.

Snail mail submissions only: Sandra James/Editor, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

Positive Words magazine is now in its 20th year and has published hundreds of Australian writers. There are two major competitions each year and a monthly mini-competition. It is a self-funded project with subscriptions to the magazine and competition fees (after prizes) helping to keep the magazine in production. It runs on a shoe-string budget, a labour-of-love and I draw no wages or remuneration but contributors receive a complimentary issue when their story or poem is featured.

Submissions always welcome. Sample copies @ $2.20 for one, $4.40 for two (just price of postage). Cheque, Money Order, Direct Deposit or the equivalent in unused stamps.

Email me (positivewords2002@gmail.com) comment or send a message for further information.

A fellow writer recently posted on a Facebook writing site regarding the limited publication opportunities in Australia. I agree, there are not very many, especially for those just starting out. But… if writers don’t support the publications, the number will never increase. It’s a two-way street.

Twenty years ago I started a monthly publication for poetry and short stories in Australia by emerging and long-time writers. Positive Words magazine. It’s still going. I was a sole parent of four and had little money so raised the funds for the first print run by selling craft and plants at my local market. Writing centres kindly forwarded details to members and subscriptions followed. My motivation was to provide a publication opportunity for writers after seeing so many fellow writers disappointed at the limited number of opportunities and all too frequent rejections.

It has never made a profit, I do not receive funding of any sort, nor do I take any reimbursement or wages. From the emails and letters I receive I believe it has helped many writers achieve dreams. For me, I hope I am paying-it-forward for the many who have helped me in my life.

The man who posted on the Facebook site said he was interested in publications with a good readership and publishes ‘good’ writers and poets.

Readership/subscription for Positive Words magazine is not as high as I would like and if it increased it would certainly help production and postage costs, and give the writers more of the recognition they deserve.

Good writers? I think we all have something to offer and, as someone said to me when I first started on this venture, ‘how will you know if you don’t have a go?’

Who can afford to buy the publications? he asked. It’s not easy and no one knows that more than me. At present I am still selling plants from home to make up the difference. I still do not have government funding etc and I am not independently wealthy. I spend hours every week preparing the copy. A labour of love. I rely on subscriptions and sales from writers all over Australia to help with expensive printing and postage.

Over the years I have seen many publications disappear – if writers don’t support them they cannot continue. I frequently offer sample copies through this blog, writing centres, various other Australian writing sites for just the cost of postage. i.e. one copy for $2.20, two for $3.30, four for $5.50.

A six-month subscription (Australia) is $35 and for twelve months – $60 (postage included) Please contact me if you are interested. Cheque, money order or direct deposit available.

Prize: Six month subscription to Positive Words magazine.

Entry Fee: $2.20(per entry) in unused postage stamps. No entry form required.

Entries must be posted by the last day of the relevant month and the winning entry will appear in a future issue. The winner will be notified.

Send entries to: The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798 Heathcote, Victoria 3523. Please include SSAE or email address for results.

Mini-Competition for May: Write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less using the word NURTURE at least once. Plural versions of the words are acceptable. Entries must be posted by 31 May 2022.

Mini-Competition Results

Thank you to all who entered and supported the January and February Mini-Competitions. I do appreciate the support and it helps to keep Positive Words magazine going.

Here are the results:

The word for April is CROSS.

Last Day for Entries

Today is the last day for sending entries for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2022. As long as you post/mail today, your entry will be included.

Thank you everyone for the support; I do appreciate it!

Entry form here: or cover sheets with details accepted 🙂

Still two days left to send your entries ⏳

Numbers are still down on previous years and I hope you can support the competition and Positive Words magazine, now in its twentieth year and having provided a publication opportunity for hundreds of writers from all over Australia. The magazine does not receive any funding and I do not draw wages or compensation – it is entirely self-funded.

Sincere thanks to all who have entered – I do appreciate it 🥰

Still nine days to send your entries 🙂

Positive Words magazine was started 20 years ago, providing a publication opportunity for writers all over Australia. All money from subscriptions and competitions goes towards prizes, printing and postage. I do not receive any funding and do not draw any wages or compensation.

I hope as many writers as possible will support the competition and help keep Positive Words going. Thank you 🙂

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