For Creative Writers Everywhere…

Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition 2015

Open Short Story – up to 500 words

Open Poetry – up to 32 lines

Entry Fees : $4.00 per entry, 4 for $14.00

Closing Date : 31 October 2015

First Prize in each section is $100 and Second Prize is a twelve-month subscription to Positive Words magazine.

For entry forms please send SSAE to: The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, email or download here : Entry form

Thank you to everyone who supported this competition.

Despite my rumbling tummy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the diverse entries featuring the word CHEESECAKE and the very clever uses of the word.

Once again I have divided the prize between to entries who will each receive a three-month subscription to Positive Words magazine. Congratulations Raylene Hewer and Melynda Paterson.

Results can be found here: Positive Words JULY 2015 Mini

Today is the last day to post entries for the September mini-competition which features the word SISTER. For October the word is BROTHER. You can find entry details here: mini themes 2015

I hope you will all support the mini-competitions which help to fund postage for the monthly magazine and provide a great opportunity for writers to hone their skills. And . . . don’t forget the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition which closes with the last post on 31 October. Entry form or contact me for further information.

Stories & Poems WANTED

Positive Words Magazine is seeking submissions of MELBOURNE CUP related poetry and stories for the November  2015 issue of the monthly magazine but work on any theme is always welcome.

Submission guidelines: Submissions & Subscriptions for Positive Words

Send submissions and SSAE or email address for response to the Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria. For further information please email  but please note submissions are only accepted in hard copy. Sample copies of the magazine which aims to encourage new and experienced writers can be obtained from the editor by sending $2.80 in unused stamps.

Once again . . . I really appreciate the support!

Congratulations to the joint winners – Ruth Hayward and R. A. Booton.

Please find the results here: Positive Words JUNE 2015 Mini

The word for the September mini-competition is SISTER. Details can be found under ‘Competitions’ at the top of the page or you can email me for more information  :)

Thank you to everyone who entered. I really appreciate the support.

Please find the results here: Positive Words MAY 2015 Mini

I hope you (and many others) will continue to enter the mini-competitions.

The word for September is SISTER and for October it is BROTHER.

Shame and inspiration

I pot plants (succulents, geraniums etc) and sell them to help raise funds when there’s a shortfall in subs to cover printing and postage costs for Positive Words and earlier this week delivered 20 to a sweet lady in her 80s who had just dug yet another garden bed in her yard (she has quite a few!) and needed plants to fill it. I’ll call you again soon, she told me, I’m sure I’ll be making more.

I’d been feeling a bit tired and overwhelmed after a busy weekend and she put me to shame! I certainly hope I’m up to digging new garden beds when I’m in my 80s :)

I came home singing High Hopes (Oops, there goes another rubber tree…) and if I feel a bit tired in future I’ll remind myself of that lady planting all her plants :)

What an inspiration!

Has anyone inspired you lately?

Six minutes of fame?

This morning I did a radio interview with ABC South West (WA) Breakfast host Niomi O’Hara.

Who would have thought I would being doing interviews on radio? I’ve always been rather shy and back at school (way back!) used to cringe in my desk seat if the teacher so much as looked in my direction.

I’ve done quite a few now on various radio stations and it does get easier each time…the interviewers have always been lovely and, hopefully, that little tremor in my voice isn’t too obvious!

Niomi kindly gave me a heads up on the questions she would be asking, very handy as one’s mind can go incredibly blank even when talking about something one knows very well :)

Lets hope lots of budding writers heard the talk and are inspired to have-a-go and send in some of their work.

I’m just glad they can’t see this editor . . . baggy pink pyjamas, hair frizzing and desperately in need of a cut :(

My six minutes of fame are over . . . time for a shower and some industrial strength hair product to control the frizz . . . while I wait for LOTS of new submissions to drop int my mail box :)

If I can combat my nerves, I’m sure there are many others who can take that first step and bravely send in that special story or poem . . . why not have a go? :)

Tag Cloud


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,145 other followers