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Archive for September, 2014

Swept off your feet!

Today’s writing prompt:




Today’s writing prompt:

Let’s sleep on it!




Today’s writing prompt:

Your guess is as good as mine!

Or maybe better 🙂

Spring Chicken

Today’s writing prompt:

Spring chicken.

Inspired by 17 fluffy chicks chirping in my incubator 🙂

Old Dogs

Today’s writing prompt:

You can teach an old dog . . .

Inspired by my two senior citizens who still act like puppies, albeit a little slower these days, and always make me smile 🙂

They are both creatures of habit but I’m sure there’s still a couple of tricks they could learn . . . as long as food was involved!


Today’s writing prompt:

Something happened along the way . . .

A few years ago a lady rang me to say she wanted to buy an item I had advertised for sale and would be at my house in about an hour. She turned up four days later and seemed very surprised when I mentioned that I’d thought she was coming earlier and must have changed her mind. She didn’t give an explanation but I’ve always wondered . . .


Today’s writing prompt:

She had a tattoo on her . . .

Hope you have some fun with this one 🙂


Today’s writing prompt:

Out in the garden.


Today’s writing prompt:

It could have been me.

(I just heard a character say that on TV – I’m sure they won’t mind me borrowing it 🙂 )


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

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