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FREE Workshop

Tomorrow I will be presenting a FREE workshop at Bendigo Library as part of the Write on the Fringe Festival which is held in conjunction with the Bendigo Writer’s Festival.

The workshop will be held from 2:30pm – 4:30pm in Activity Room 1 at the Library.

Come along and meet other writers in the area, participate in fun writing activities and learn how you can submit your poetry and stories to Positive Words magazine. Beginners and experienced writers all welcome 🙂

APRIL Mini-competition results

Once again, thank you for supporting the Positive Words Mini-competitions. This month the standard was very high and the range of interpretations diverse, making for great reading…and a tough decision selecting the eventual winner.

I selected a short story from Ruth Clark as the winning entry and Ruth’s other entry, a poem, was also short-listed. Well done, Ruth!

Please find the results here: Positive Words APRIL 2017 Mini Results

The word for July is TACKLE and for August it is BASKET.

Thanks, Sandra 🙂


MARCH Mini-competition results

Once again, my sincere thanks for your entries in the mini-competition.

Congratulations this month to Andrea Jenkin and Jeanette Towers who shared this month’s honours. Well done!

Please find the results here: Positive Words MARCH 2017 Mini Results

The word for July is TACKLE.





Price Rise

As of today, the cover price and subscription cost has risen a little…the last rise was nine years ago and since then postage has almost doubled and earlier this year the printer increased the monthly printing cost (very modestly for which I am very grateful!). The new cover price is $6 per issue, a six-month subscription is $35 and a twelve-month subscription $60. (Up from $5.50, $30 & $55) I hope you will all understand 🙂

Positive Words is a labour-of-love; I do not draw any wages or receive any payment. Printing and postage costs are barely (rarely!) covered each month and I hope the rise will ease the finances a little … Thanks everyone 🙂

Positive or Negative?


Many people have been asking if the stories, poems and articles in Positive Wordsmagazine  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!

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Competition Results

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the recent Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2017. Your support is very much appreciated 🙂

Congratulations to the winners, place-getters and short-listed entrants. Please find the results here Results

Our next major competition is now open. You can find details and an entry form here Entry form I hope you will all support this competition – Thank you!

Back Again

The last few months have been particularly difficult after a run of ‘hiccups’ over the past three years. (I hope I didn’t break a mirror, have a black cat walk in my path or something like that in case there’s still four years to go!!) The situation is still causing terrible distractions and much pain for some close to me but, as always, I am hopeful there is an end in site.

Some things had to give, including this blog, but I will be endeavouring to post regular updates once again.

Thank you to all who know something of the situation and have contacted me with kind messages…they all mean so much and really do help 🙂

One day I will write about it all but for now I have to be careful as it involves others in a precarious situation. Truth is most definitely stranger than fiction; I couldn’t possibly dream up the events that have taken place!

I am in the process of notifying winners, place-getters and entrants of the results from the recent Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition and will post them here later today.

Thank you everyone!

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