My apologies to everyone for the slow arrival of the December issue. I was a few days late getting it to the printer after the flash flood that inundated our house, but after two weeks it still isn’t ready for collection and I suspect a very busy workload close to Christmas and perhaps the flood that hit Euroa, where Positive Words is printed, two weeks after our flood might have slowed things as well. Hopefully, it won’t be too far away and I have the envelopes all stamped and addressed ready to post as soon as I pick up the copies.
And, the January issue is almost complete and ready to be sent to the printer. They close down over Christmas/New Year so I’m hoping it will be printed before then and able to be sent out in time to give everyone some relaxing summer reading.
Thanks everyone for your understanding 🙂
Thank you to all who have taken the time to contact me after hearing of our little flood. All the messages and kind thoughts mean so much and make a big difference 🙂
The worst of the clean-up is done although I have a few damp boxes on the verandah just outside the back door filled with papers and bits and pieces saved, everything from pieces published, prize certificates etc to clippings I thought might one day be useful. Maybe a few surprises still to come; that will be top of this week’s to-do list!
The clean-up crew have been wonderful and I cannot praise them highly enough for their efficiency in doing their jobs and also their kind attitudes which make all the difference. The soggy floor coverings have been ripped up and taken away with our lounge suite and various pieces of wooden furniture and drapes, and piles and piles of belongings stored at ground level (books, fabric, wool, clothes, linen and, sadly, a few sentimental items), have been sorted, photographed and catalogued by those wonderful men before being taken away. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the repairs (skirting boards etc) begin, new floor coverings are installed and the insurance company come up with a fair settlement to cover the belongings. So far, so good 🙂
The December issue is almost complete, a little late going off to the printer but I am sure you will all understand 🙂
Don’t forget the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry competition if you haven’t already entered! Entry form
Entries need to be mailed by 31 October. It doesn’t matter if they don’t arrive by then; I am well aware of how unreliable Australia Post can be so as long as you mail by 31 October the postmark will reflect that and it won’t matter if there is a delay 🙂
Two weeks ago I mailed the October magazines over two days from the same PO. One arrived in WA several days before another made it to Bendigo (50kms from here!). And, some South Australian subscribers received theirs (in the same town) well over a week apart although they would have been next to each other in the pile I took to the PO 😦
Another BIG thank you for your entries this month 🙂
The prize has been divided between to entrants/entries, one from Peter J Lingard, the other from Jan Stringer. Congratulations!
Full results can be found here: Positive Words JULY 2017 Mini Results
I look forward to lots of entries in the October mini-competition. The word is BUILDING (see details under competitions at the top of the page) and need to be posted by 31 October.
Thank you to everyone who entered; the support really helps to keep Positive Words magazine in print and is very much appreciated.
Congratulations to Rosemary Lade for her winning entry.
Full results can be found here: Positive Words JUNE 2017 Mini Results
If you would like to enter the current Mini-competition the word is BUILDING (entry details under competitions at the top of the page).
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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