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Competition Reminder

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!

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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 🙂

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 positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au

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 🙂

Call for Submissions

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 🙂

Magazine running late :(

Apologies to all waiting and checking their mailboxes for the latest issue of Positive Words magazine.

There has been a delay at the printer’s but I’m hoping to pick them up tomorrow and have them all posted out asap 🙂

As I wait for the call to go and collect them, I’ve been busy with my NaNoWriMo novel. It’s going well, the best since I started doing the November challenge in 2012. I’m ahead of target, past the halfway mark and the ideas are still flowing 🙂

26,502 words 🙂

Are you doing the challenge? How are you going?

End-of-Year Competition

I’ve had a few emails asking if there is a theme for the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition.

No…there is no theme for this competition 🙂 Let your imagination run wild 🙂

Others have asked if it’s ok to send more entries…YES, as many as you like! If there isn’t enough space on the entry form use a second one, put the details on the back or use a cover sheet. All are accepted 🙂

And. . . font, print, spacing etc. Use your favourite, there are no rules. Double or 1.5 spacing makes for easier reading for judges but also uses more paper so if you prefer single spacing, that’s fine!

Please ask if there is anything else you would like to know 🙂

And . . . thank you very much for supporting the competition. Every entry helps to keep Positive Words magazine and a great opportunity for publication alive.

Mini-competition results for JULY

Thank you to everyone who supported this competition.

Despite my rumbling tummy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the diverse entries featuring the word CHEESECAKE and the very clever uses of the word.

Once again I have divided the prize between to entries who will each receive a three-month subscription to Positive Words magazine. Congratulations Raylene Hewer and Melynda Paterson.

Results can be found here: Positive Words JULY 2015 Mini

Today is the last day to post entries for the September mini-competition which features the word SISTER. For October the word is BROTHER. You can find entry details here: mini themes 2015

I hope you will all support the mini-competitions which help to fund postage for the monthly magazine and provide a great opportunity for writers to hone their skills. And . . . don’t forget the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition which closes with the last post on 31 October. Entry form or contact me for further information. positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au

Short Story & Poetry Competition Results

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who supported the competition; I really appreciate it. I hope you will continue to enter Positive Words competitions and encourage your writing friends also, as support is vital to keep the magazine going. Winning entries will appear in the August 2015 issue of Positive Words. Copies are available by sending $5.50 (unused stamps, cheque, money order or direct deposit) to The Editor, Sandra James, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote, Victoria.

Please find the results here: Results

And . . . an entry form for the next competition, closing 31 October: Entry form

Thanks again 🙂

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