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Fillers wanted

Every month when preparing Positive Words magazine for print, I always have little spaces to fill. From two or three lines to single paragraph or verse.

Short pieces are often just as memorable as longer ones and it is a great way to get started if you’ve never been published or to hone your skills and keep momentum flowing for experienced writers.

Do you have any fillers? Very short stories, writing hints, anecdotes, Haiku, Tanka, Limericks etc . . . I’d love to see them :)

Please send in hard copy to: The Editor, Sandra James, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria Australia.

You can find further information, submission and subscription details here Submissions & Subscriptions for Positive Words

Call for submissions

Over the next few months I will be using lots of stories, poems and articles on the theme CARS.

Your first car, first driving experience, favourite car, toy cars.

Fact or fiction, serious or tongue-in-cheek, longer and shorter pieces will all be welcome.

Submissions need to be in hard copy with electronic copies requested for longer pieces on acceptance.

Submission guidelines are here: Submissions & Subscriptions for Positive Words

There is no deadline – I will be using car-themed pieces over several issues.

If you would like a sample copy of Positive Words magazine please send $2.80in unused stamps to The Editor, Positive Words magazine, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.


Do you have a story or poem about a mother? Biological mothers, adoptive mothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, some who has been like-a-mother etc…

In the May issue I will be featuring MOTHERS and submissions sent as soon as possible will be most appreciated.

Work from Mothers or about Mothers. Fact or fiction, tributes or comedy . . .

Stories should be up to 1000 words and poems up to one page and sent in hard copy to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.

Thanks :)


I recently had an email asking if it was okay to submit Limericks to Positive Words magazine – YES :) They make great fillers and good reading.

In the July issue I featured a number of Limericks written by a lady about members of her writing group. Lots of fun, especially as a warm-up exercise. If you have any Limericks, please send them in. Hard copy please – Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria. (Submission guideline are also at the top of the page)

And here’s something I prepared earlier . . .

There’s a magazine so I’ve heard

By the name of Positive Words

Prints poems and stories

Articles, allegories

When writers’ muses are stirred.


Submissions are always very welcome

The Editor would love to see some

Give it a go

If you don’t you won’t know

And you could be quite pleased with the outcome.


Subscriptions and orders are helpful

The Editor will be very thankful

To pay printing and postage

It is such an advantage

To have the purse nice and full.

I hope it inspires you to write some today :)

February Positive Words magazine


The February issue is now available :)

It features the First and Second prize winning entries from the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry competition as well as lots of other great stories and poems – Valentine’s tributes, comedy, snapshots of past times, memories, writing prompts and more from writers all over Australia and New Zealand.

If you would like a copy please send $5.50 (unused stamps accepted) to Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, 3523, Victoria, Australia. Overseas readers please contact me for Paypal and other payment options.

Sample back copies for interested contributors or subscribers are also available. Send $2.40 in unused stamps for one copy or one $6 book of stamps for three recent issues to the above address.



Only a few Snow Pea plants survived vigorous scratching and foraging from the Currawongs but they soldiered on, kept climbing upwards and have been producing an amazing amount of delicious pods :)

Lesson to self: don’t let those nasty scratchers distract you from your goal and your labours will bear fruit :)

(See yesterday’s post!)

The ball’s in your court!


Actually, this one’s on my back verandah :)

Yesterday I received an email from a writer asking if submissions and competition entries for Positive Words magazine need to be ‘positive’ or ‘up’ etc. No. Over eleven years of publication I have used many sad and/or reflective stories, murders and mysteries, and a few angry tirades. And the competitions attract an even wider range of themes as many writers experiment with different and innovative styles.

The ‘positive’ in Positive Words magazine stems from my initial act of beginning the publication, truly going out on a limb and way out of my comfort zone but a very positive act in doing something rather than just procrastinating and thinking about it. (I do procrastination very well!) And it also suggests that writers do something positive, too, taking that leap that is often needed to send out stories and poems, risk rejection and the disappointment that usually comes with it.

If you have a story, poem or article you’ve been thinking about submitting or entering in a competition . . . go for it! Submissions are always welcome for the monthly Positive Words magazine and we have the monthly mini-competitions and End-of-Year Competitions to choose from(see details at the top of the page) as well as hundreds of other publication and competition opportunities from other literary magazines, journals and organisations.

I know how hard it can be sometimes, I’ve been there and still often go through it. But the ball is in your court . . . why not today?  :)

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