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Back to the Beginning…

The October 2017 issue of Positive Words magazine completes 15 years of publication 🙂

I really had no idea how far it would go way back in 2002 when I first decided it was time to ‘have a go’. Since then 100s of writers from all over Australia and  few from overseas have been published; established writers, beginners, young writers, not-so-young writers and a wide range of themes, topics and styles. Many have enjoyed success in Positive Words and other literary competitions and quite a few have published novels or anthologies.

Thank you everyone for all the support – I do appreciate it and hope to continue as long as possible. Positive Words is a labour-of-love; I do not receive any wages or compensation and it is often difficult to cover the postage and printing costs, especially now that on-line publishing has become so popular. Fortunately, there are a number of people who share the load, sending a few extra stamps or dollars with submissions or subscriptions and it really does help! Thank you 🙂

A few people have asked about the very first issue and I still have a few copies available (I was a bit too enthusiastic with my first print run!). Although I suspect it won’t become a valuable collectors item in the near future, if anyone would like a copy please send $3 in unused stamps to The Editor, Sandra James, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

If you would like a more recent back copy for great reading or to see if you think your work would fit with the magazine, again send $3 in unused stamps (or $5 for two). The cover price is regularly $6 per issue (incudes postage), a six-month subscription $35 and twelve months $60.

For submission or subscription details see above under ‘information’ or email me – positivewordsmagazine@live.com.au

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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

September Mini-competition

Just a reminder  – entries for the September Mini-competition featuring the word COACH need to be posted by 30 September (Saturday)

Details here: mini themes 2017

Thank you everyone for the support 🙂

Fillers Wanted :)

The September issue is with the printer, a great issue filled with diverse themes, topics and styles. Plenty to interest everyone 🙂

Now I’m looking for ‘fillers’ (and longer poems, stories and articles) for upcoming issues. This issue will be number 179 since the first issue of Positive Words magazine in 2002 and I’m still amazed at the amount of little spaces each month. All submissions are always appreciated and I’m hoping for lots in the Haiku, Limerick, very-short-poem size as well as micro or flash fiction. Hard copy, snail mail…send to Sandra James, Positive Words magazine, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523. Thanks 🙂

And don’t forget the mini-competition for August (word for the month BASKET) needs to be posted by 31 August. mini themes 2017

And…entries are open for the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition. Get your entry form here : Entry form

MAY Mini-competition Results

Once again, sincere thanks to all who entered this month’s mini-competition. All entries really do help to keep Positive Words magazine in print, providing publication opportunities for all 🙂

A great range of stories and poems this month featuring the word MUMMY. Goosebumps, tears and laughter…I enjoyed reading every one!

I divided the prize between two entries, one from Gwendoline Hynes, the other from Maryane Falk – Congratulations!

You can see the full results here: Positive Words MAY 2017 Mini Results

The word for AUGUST is BASKET. Entries need to be posted (snail mail) with the entry fee ($2 in unused stamps) to The Editor, Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria by 31 August. (Don’t worry if they don’t arrive by that date…the mail is sooooo slow these days and as long as your entry is posted by the end of the month it will be included.

Thanks 🙂

August Mini-Competition

Positive Words August Mini-Competition – write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less (excluding titles) using the word BASKET.

Entry fee $2.00 in unused stamps. Prize: 6-month subscription to Positive Words magazine. Entries need to be posted by 31 August. Don’t worry if they don’t arrive by then – the mail is so erratic these days and as long as you post by the closing date your entry will be included 🙂

Send entries to The Editor, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

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 🙂

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