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Last Chance

Today is the last day to post entries for the Positive Words Short Story and Poetry Competition 2014!

Don’t forget to post by midnight tonight for your entry to be included. entry form-2014

Several people have asked about the entry fee which was set late last year, prior to the Australia Post increase. Some entrants have included stamps at the new rate while others have used their stocks of old stamps. ALL entries will be included. 🙂

And a prompt for your last minute entry or daily writing . . .

Last Chance.

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Stamp your feet . . .

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. . . it might make you feel better for a moment but it won’t do any good 😦

The price of stamps goes up tomorrow here in Australia 😦

And if anyone has used stamps (suitable for collectors) they are very welcome – Thank you to everyone who has been sending them to me 🙂

Where do we go from here?

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Another recycled photo today. I’ve discovered the problem; my blog allowance is full and I now need to pay each year to upload new photos.

I do understand . . . WordPress is a wonderful service and much appreciated but as regular readers and subscribers to the hard copy magazine know, Positive Words magazine runs on the smell of an oily rag and all too often the rag doesn’t even have much odour left 😦

Don’t worry, I will be continuing with the blog and daily prompts as so many have told me how much they enjoy them but please bear with me for a few days while I figure out the best and most economical way to continue the blog. Any suggestions or hints will be welcomed 🙂

Postage costs here in Australia rise on Tuesday, an extra ten cents for a letter and twenty cents to post each copy of Positive Words magazine. Ouch! But . . . the good news is that I will not be raising the subscription price. Hopefully, increased support for competitions and perhaps a new subscription or two would cover the rise, so please pass on the details to any interested writers 🙂 Thank you!

Things really do come in threes . . . Postal rise, Blog full and yesterday  I received an email from one state writers’ centre saying they will no longer be mentioning the publication opportunities in their members’ newsletters unless I renew my membership with them or pay for each listing 😦

I discontinued my membership a couple of years ago so I could put the money towards PW and, unfortunately, paid advertising is definitely out of the budget. I was very disappointed as I thought mentioning the opportunity (and themes) for the Writers’ centre members to be published in PW, a magazine I have produced every month for twelve years without payment, was a service to their paying members. The opportunities section was the first page I looked at when I received my copy of the newsletter!

Fortunately, this is only one of the centres and the others are wonderful about letting their members know about the chance to be published.

I’m not sure whether they also mean they won’t be including the competition information, the email only seemed to refer to ‘opportunities’ but I will contact them to find out.

Enough of the gripes . . . three negative things – now I’m off to try and find three (or more) positives 🙂

Stamping Ground

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I love these new stamps 🙂 The Mini-Dachshund looks a lot like my Jasper when he was a bit younger (he’s gone a little grey now), and the Cavalier King Charles could easily pass for Clyde, one of my daughter’s dogs 🙂 And, of course, the Pug, Australian Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer are gorgeous, too! I think stamps look so much better than ‘Post Paid’ in the corner.

I’ve collected stamps since I was very young, for fun rather than seriously, although my late brother and I watched like hawks when Mum shared out the latest offerings. Mum would carefully clip stamps from the envelopes and save them until she had a pile in the drawer (or we nagged until she gave up!). She tried to divide them evenly but toward the end of the pile there were always a few odd ones . . . the bargaining that went on over who should have which one would have rivalled the most ruthless boardroom negotiations! Poor Mum 😦  I’m going to put together an album for Jackie for when he’s older; living so far away I hope he’ll enjoy getting letters from Grandma and not just emails.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who send me used stamps. And, to those who include a couple of extra new stamps which their submissions ‘to help you with all that postage’; I do appreciate it.

Competition entries, single issues and subscriptions can all be paid with unused stamps – it’s much cheaper and easier than money orders and many people don’t have cheque books.

Hopefully, when I go to the PO Box later today, I’ll find a big pile of mail all decorated with pretty stamps 🙂

The Downside :(

Sorry, but I need to have a little tantrum here 😦

Every few weeks (and sometimes more frequently) I get one of these in my Post Box. Effectively, someone has sent me a submission or competition entry but hasn’t put enough stamps on the envelope which means while they save 60cents, I have to pay a penalty which amounts to $2.10 for that 60 cent shortfall! And, I have to wait in line at the small and often busy PO instead of just collecting my mail and heading home. Admittedly, most people just haven’t realised, (perhaps because there are actually so few stamps on mail these days with so many pre-paid items) and they are happy to send me stamps to cover the cost when I tell them but some don’t which is a bit disappointing. Positive Words magazine only just covers its printing and postage costs each month, meaning I do all the work (except printing) for free and don’t get anything for my time or those extra little bits and pieces (paper, power etc).

So . . .please, please, please put the correct postage on your mail 🙂 for a quick reference that is – 60cents(Aus) for a small of business envelope (not too thick-under 20mm), $1.20 for A4 envelopes up to 125grams and $1.80 for up to 250 grams.

Thank you 🙂

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