For Creative Writers Everywhere…

Once again, my sincere thanks for your entries in the March Mini-competition. They really do help to keep the magazine in print🙂

Congratulations to the winner – Annabelle Hill, and please find the results, including the short-list, here : Positive Words March 2016 Mini

The word for the MAY mini-competition is MOON. Don’t forget to post your entry by the last day of the month.

Thanks🙂

Competition Reminder

Just a reminder that competition entries need to be posted by 23 April – don’t worry that they won’t arrive by that date, as long as you post them by then. The postmark will probably have the date on it but even if it is illegible, I’m sure they will be posted on time🙂

Auspost is not so reliable – I’ve just had a small parcel take five days to travel 50kms (Heathcote to Bendigo) with tracking. Needless to say I will allow plenty of time for all entries to arrive before judging begins.

Thanks for all the support – much appreciated!

Positive or Negative?

Many people have been asking if the stories, poems and articles in Positive Words magazine  and entered into the competitions have to be ‘positive’. NO!

The ‘positive’ in the title refers to the act of doing something positive with your work i.e. getting it out there, submitting it to a magazine, anthology or publisher, entering it into a competition etc. Be proud of your work and what you’ve achieved whether it’s a happy story or poem, a sad one, reflective, horror, dramatic…whatever your preferred genre.

Competition finalists and winners are selected on merit, not genre.

Over the years we’ve had a wide variety of genres in both the monthly print issue and entered in the competitions…go for it!

Thank you once again for all the entries and a thoroughly enjoyable job in reading them to select a winner. This month I have divided the prize between two entries, one from Jenny Eddy, the other from Jayni Lai (6). Well done! The decision was a very close one with many excellent entries and interpretations.

You can find the results here: Positive Words February 2016 Mini

Take 5

In the latest issue of Take 5 magazine (page 10) there’s a half page story about my poetry writing history and some great publicity for Positive Words magazine🙂

Do have a look and let me know what you think!

For any new writers who read the story and found this blog – welcome! Many subscribers to Positive Words magazine have described it as a big writing group and I think that is a wonderful description. The readership and content consists of writers at all stages and ages, from first time beginners to others who have been writing for many years. The most important thing is having a go and enjoying what you do. Don’t be shy and never let anyone put you or your efforts down…if it comes from the heart there is something special in every piece of writing. Many writers just write for fun while others are hoping for a career in writing…there’s a place for everyone in Positive Words 🙂

Positive Words runs on a very tight budget and barely covers printing and postage costs. I don’t receive and wages or compensation for putting it together, it’s a labour-of-love but hundreds of writers have been published on the pages over the past fourteen years and I hope the Take 5 article will encourage many more of you to have a go🙂

If you would like to submit a story or poem they need to be in hard copy (i.e. posted) to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, Victoria 3523. Submission guidelines are at the top of the page or you can email me for further information positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au

Subscriptions are vital for keeping the magazine going (printing and postage are expensive). You do not have to be a subscriber to send in your poem or short story but subscriptions are very welcome. You can order a sample copy by sending $3 in unused stamps to the above address, $5.50 for the current issue, $30 for a six-month subscription or $55 for twelve months.

I look forward to hearing from you🙂

Thank you to everyone who entered – I really appreciate the support🙂

You can find results here: Positive Words January 2016 Mini

The word for April is SHELL🙂

Thank you to all who entered the Positive Words December Mini-competition. I really appreciate the support and hope you will all continue to enter the mini-competitions.

You can find results here: Positive Words December 2015 Mini

The full list of mini-competition topics is here: mini themes 2016

And don’t forget the major competition closing 23 April. Entry form here: entry form-2016

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