Just a reminder that competition entries need to be posted by 23 April – don’t worry that they won’t arrive by that date, as long as you post them by then. The postmark will probably have the date on it but even if it is illegible, I’m sure they will be posted on time 🙂
Auspost is not so reliable – I’ve just had a small parcel take five days to travel 50kms (Heathcote to Bendigo) with tracking. Needless to say I will allow plenty of time for all entries to arrive before judging begins.
Thanks for all the support – much appreciated!
Many people have been asking if the stories, poems and articles in Positive Words magazine 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!
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 🙂
Thank you everyone for your entries in the Positive Words September Mini-competition – I really appreciate the support and hope you will al continue to enter the mini-competitions.
Congratulations to the September winner – Bill Armstrong!
You can find results here: Positive Words SEPTEMBER 2015 Mini
If you would like a copy of the January issue featuring the winning entry and results, please send $5.50 (cheque, money order, unused stamps or direct deposit) to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.
The January 2016 issue needs to be completed early as the printers close over the Christmas/New Year break.
If you have any New Year themed stories or poems please send them as soon as possible. Hard copies, please 🙂 Send to Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.
And, general submissions are always welcome at all times – I’ve already started preparing for the rest of 2016 🙂
Just picked the November issues up . . . now time for a quick cuppa and I’ll have them all ready for posting quicker than you can say . . . well, I’ll be as quick as I can 🙂
Thanks everyone for your patience.
And . . . my NaNoWriMo . . . . 35,169 words. I’m still very pleased with how it’s going and while I was driving to Seymour to pick up the PWs I had some great ideas and wrote the next section in my head. Just got to get it all down after I do the posting 🙂
Unfortunately, the November Positive Words magazine is still not ready but I have been assured it will be available for pick up on Monday and I will post them all out . . . 🙂
Thanks for your patience and kind emails.
My NaNoWriMo novel is still going well and I’ve now passed the 30,000 word mark. If I can keep this up I’ll reach the target several days early and maybe even keep going and finish the story (I’m sure it will have a bit to go after 50,000 words)
I’m thoroughly enjoying it. How are your novels going?