Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition 2015
Open Short Story – up to 500 words
Open Poetry – up to 32 lines
Entry Fees : $4.00 per entry, 4 for $14.00
Closing Date : 31 October 2015
First Prize in each section is $100 and Second Prize is a twelve-month subscription to Positive Words magazine.
For entry forms please send SSAE to: The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, email firstname.lastname@example.org or download here : Entry form
Positive Words Magazine is seeking submissions of MELBOURNE CUP related poetry and stories for the November 2015 issue of the monthly magazine but work on any theme is always welcome.
Submission guidelines: Submissions & Subscriptions for Positive Words
Send submissions and SSAE or email address for response to the Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria. For further information please email email@example.com but please note submissions are only accepted in hard copy. Sample copies of the magazine which aims to encourage new and experienced writers can be obtained from the editor by sending $2.80 in unused stamps.
I pot plants (succulents, geraniums etc) and sell them to help raise funds when there’s a shortfall in subs to cover printing and postage costs for Positive Words and earlier this week delivered 20 to a sweet lady in her 80s who had just dug yet another garden bed in her yard (she has quite a few!) and needed plants to fill it. I’ll call you again soon, she told me, I’m sure I’ll be making more.
I’d been feeling a bit tired and overwhelmed after a busy weekend and she put me to shame! I certainly hope I’m up to digging new garden beds when I’m in my 80s 🙂
I came home singing High Hopes (Oops, there goes another rubber tree…) and if I feel a bit tired in future I’ll remind myself of that lady planting all her plants 🙂
What an inspiration!
Has anyone inspired you lately?
This morning I did a radio interview with ABC South West (WA) Breakfast host Niomi O’Hara.
Who would have thought I would being doing interviews on radio? I’ve always been rather shy and back at school (way back!) used to cringe in my desk seat if the teacher so much as looked in my direction.
I’ve done quite a few now on various radio stations and it does get easier each time…the interviewers have always been lovely and, hopefully, that little tremor in my voice isn’t too obvious!
Niomi kindly gave me a heads up on the questions she would be asking, very handy as one’s mind can go incredibly blank even when talking about something one knows very well 🙂
Lets hope lots of budding writers heard the talk and are inspired to have-a-go and send in some of their work.
I’m just glad they can’t see this editor . . . baggy pink pyjamas, hair frizzing and desperately in need of a cut 😦
My six minutes of fame are over . . . time for a shower and some industrial strength hair product to control the frizz . . . while I wait for LOTS of new submissions to drop int my mail box 🙂
If I can combat my nerves, I’m sure there are many others who can take that first step and bravely send in that special story or poem . . . why not have a go? 🙂
I’m starting work on the September issue and would love to feature stories, poems and articles about FATHERS.
The usual submission guidelines apply (see above) or email me it you would like further information. (But please note that submissions must be in hard copy.)
Send submissions to The Editor, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia.
A writing prompt to get the week started . . .
Mysterious bumps began appearing in the lawn.
I hope it generates lots of great stories and poems 🙂
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