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Short Story & Poetry Competition

Fourteen days left to mail your entries for the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2020. As longs as they are mailed by this date they will be included. It doesn’t matter if they don’t arrive until later; this allows for any delays in the postage system. Thanks everyone 🙂

Entry form here: Entry form

Mother’s Day Stories & Poems WANTED

I’m looking for story and poetry submissions for the May issue. A nice way to honour a special person at a time when we might not be able to visit…

Mothers, grandmothers, daughters who have children of their own, special aunts and friends…send them in 🙂

Positive Words magazine

PO Box 798

Heathcote 3523 Victoria

Prompt Sheets & Writing Groups

As I write this, the social isolation restrictions have only been in place for a short time but already several people have contacted me saying how much they miss their writing groups. Me, too 😦  We are emailing and phoning to try and keep in touch and I’ve continued to email our ‘lesson/homework’ sheets out so we stay inspired.

Some years ago I offered weekly lesson sheets/prompts in exchange for unused stamps (to help with the postage costs each month for the magazine) and many people enjoyed them. If anyone missing their writing group inspiration would like me to start this again, I can offer a weekly sheet via email or snail-mailed with ideas and exercises – one postage stamp ($1.10) per sheet or the equivalent (direct deposit etc).

Despite having much more time to write now, often we need that extra encouragement or incentive so please contact me if you would like to be a part of this. Email – or snail mail – Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.

Facebook Page

Bear in mind that I am not very Facebook savvy but I have started a page for Positive Words magazine. Hopefully, I will be able to post information, competition results etc and reach more writers.

Check it out and let me know what you think 🙂

Short Story & Poetry Competition Results

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the Positive Words 2018 Short Story & Poetry Competition. Congratulations to the winners, place-getters, short-listed entries and everyone else for the excellent and inspiring efforts.

Here are the results: Results

I hope you will all support future competitions. Our next major competition is the Positive Words 2018 End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition: Entry form

Late December

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 🙂

Drying Out

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 🙂

Thanks again!

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