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Sample/Back Copies

Sample back copies are available (Australia only) for the cost of postage i.e. send $2.20 in unused stamps for one copy, $3.30 in stamps for two copies or $5.50 for four copies. Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Vic 3523 or email me for deposit options if preferred. πŸ™‚

Short Story & Poetry Competition

Ten day left to mail your entries for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2020. Entries need to be mailed by 23 April 2020. It doesn’t matter if they don’t arrive by then, as long as they are in the mail. This allows for any delays with the mail system πŸ™‚

Entry form: Entry form

April Issue

The April issue has been printed and will be posted when the post office opens again on Tuesday πŸ™‚

If anyone would like a copy please send $6 in unused stamps to PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria.

Subscriptions are available @ $35 for six months or $60 for twelve months.

Great reading and inspiration. Stories, poetry, articles, writing prompts, competitions etc…

Short Story & Poetry Competition

Fourteen days left to mail your entries for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2020. As longs as they are mailed by this date they will be included. It doesn’t matter if they don’t arrive until later; this allows for any delays in the postage system. Thanks everyone πŸ™‚

Entry form here: Entry form

Facebook Page

Bear in mind that I am not very Facebook savvy but I have started a page for Positive Words magazine. Hopefully, I will be able to post information, competition results etc and reach more writers.

Check it out and let me know what you think πŸ™‚

Back to the Beginning…

The October 2017 issue of Positive Words magazine completes 15 years of publication πŸ™‚

I really had no idea how far it would go way back in 2002 when I first decided it was time to ‘have a go’. Since then 100s of writers from all over Australia andΒ  few from overseas have been published; established writers, beginners, young writers, not-so-young writers and a wide range of themes, topics and styles. Many have enjoyed success in Positive Words and other literary competitions and quite a few have published novels or anthologies.

Thank you everyone for all the support – I do appreciate it and hope to continue as long as possible. Positive Words is a labour-of-love; I do not receive any wages or compensation and it is often difficult to cover the postage and printing costs, especially now that on-line publishing has become so popular. Fortunately, there are a number of people who share the load, sending a few extra stamps or dollars with submissions or subscriptions and it really does help! Thank you πŸ™‚

A few people have asked about the very first issue and I still have a few copies available (I was a bit too enthusiastic with my first print run!). Although I suspect it won’t become a valuable collectors item in the near future, if anyone would like a copy please send $3 in unused stamps to The Editor, Sandra James, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

If you would like a more recent back copy for great reading or to see if you think your work would fit with the magazine, again send $3 in unused stamps (or $5 for two). The cover price is regularly $6 per issue (incudes postage), a six-month subscription $35 and twelve months $60.

For submission or subscription details see above under ‘information’ or email me –

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ™‚

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