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October magazine

Sorry for the delay; the printers have been flat out but I will be picking them up later today and have all the envelopes ready to post them out straight away 🙂

Another great issue – #180 – and filled with inspiring short stories and poems.

If you would like a copy – $6 includes postage anywhere in Australia. Send cheque, money order or the equivalent in unused stamps to PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria. A six-month subscription is $35, 12-months – $60. Full details here: Submissions & Subscriptions for Positive Words


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!

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