For Creative Writers Everywhere…

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the Positive Words magazine End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition 2015. Congratulations to the worthy winners and to everyone for their excellent efforts. The competition was well supported, especially the poetry section, and the standard was high.

Please find results here: Results

Winning entries (First and Second) will be published in the February issue. If you would like a copy of the February issue please send $5.50 (cheque, money order, direct deposit or unused stamps) to PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 VIC. (NB – please note that cheques need to be made out to S James or Rainbow Press as the bank cannot accept cheques made out to Positive Words)   Your entries help to keep the print magazine viable, providing publication opportunities for writers across Australia and internationally. Positive Words has now been in production for more than fifteen years and submissions are always welcome.

The next major competition closes on 23 April. It is now open and you can download an entry form here: entry form-2016  Cover sheets in lieu of an entry form are also accepted. Please include your name, address, email address for results (or SSAE), the section/s you are entering and the entry fee ($4 per entry or $14 for 4 entries).

Thanks again . . . Sandra :)

 

Once again – ‘Thank you’ everyone for your entries in the Positive Words November Mini-competition – I really appreciate the support and hope you will all continue to enter the mini-competitions.

Congratulations to the equal November winners – Yvonne Deering and Jodi Titley!

You can find results here: Positive Words NOVEMBER 2015 Mini

If you would like a copy of the February issue featuring the winning entry and results, please send $5.50 (cheque, money order, unused stamps or direct deposit) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.

Thank you everyone for your entries in the Positive Words October Mini-competition – I really appreciate the support and hope you will all continue to enter the mini-competitions.

Congratulations to the equal October winners – Alicia Bruzzone and Melissa Maher!

You can find results here: Positive Words OCTOBER 2015 Mini

If you would like a copy of the February issue featuring the winning entry and results, please send $5.50 (cheque, money order, unused stamps or direct deposit) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.

September Mini Results

Thank you everyone for your entries in the Positive Words September Mini-competition – I really appreciate the support and hope you will al continue to enter the mini-competitions.

Congratulations to the September winner – Bill Armstrong!

You can find results here: Positive Words SEPTEMBER 2015 Mini

If you would like a copy of the January issue featuring the winning entry and results, please send $5.50 (cheque, money order, unused stamps or direct deposit) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.

Call for Submissions

The January 2016 issue needs to be completed early as the printers close over the Christmas/New Year break.

If you have any New Year themed stories or poems please send them as soon as possible. Hard copies, please :) Send to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

And, general submissions are always welcome at all times – I’ve already started preparing for the rest of 2016 :)

Hitting the Target

Last night, just before midnight (when I was in danger of turning into a very tired pumpkin) I passed the target 50,000 words in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. It felt good :)

In past years I have crossed the line much closer to the end of November but this year it seemed much easier to write well beyond what I needed each day. Am I more experienced? Probably. Less stressed and busy? I wish! Or did I just have a much better idea/plot/story to begin with? Perhaps, but more likely it was just the right time for this one.

I’m hoping I can continue to add to my novel each day, unlike past years when I did have good intentions but they petered out much too quickly.

And . . . perhaps on that magical one day, I’ll also revisit my past efforts and bring them to a satisfactory conclusion :)

Wouldn’t that be loverly? :)

Congratulations!

To Glenda Janes, my NaNoWriMo Buddy and Positive Words subscriber and contributor, who reached the 50,000 word target yesterday.  A magnificent effort in just 19 days. Well done, Glenda :)

And me? Happy to report I’m not far behind with a total of 47,876 words . . . so perhaps I’ll finish tomorrow, or maybe I’ll be tempted to sit up tonight and get over the line :)

Either way, I’m really pleased with my effort and I guess that’s the most important thing.

How are you doing with your target?

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