Around this time of year I receive lots of enquiries about Christmas themed stories and poems with writers asking if it’s too late to send them in . . . unfortunately, it is too late for this year’s December issue, in fact I’m going to collect it from the printer this morning but please don’t be deterred from sending in your Christmas tales. Surrounded by decorations, trees and lights, carols playing and cards dropping into our mail boxes, it’s probably the best time of the year to be inspired to write something Christmassy. Go for it . . . and send them in! (Hard copy first – PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523, Victoria, Australia) In a fit of efficiency, I recently prepared files for every month of 2014 and every one has at least one story or poem already typed and organised. I hope I can keep it up for the whole year :)
And, jot down a few notes if something during the season inspires you . . . then in the quieter (hopefully) times after the big day you’ll have something to write. One year I wrote and told one lady I would use her story in the following December/Christmas issue after she’d sent it in knowing it was far too late but wanting to share it with someone. She was thrilled I’d be able to use it, especially as it meant that right from the start of the year she knew she was going to be published.
The December 2013 issue is filled, as always, with great stories and poems. If you’d like a copy please send $5.50 (cheque, money order or unused stamps) to the above address.
Perhaps you’d like to inspire a fellow writer (or drop a hint to a family member who’s looking for a gift for you) Subscriptions are always very welcome (see information at the top of the page or email me) 6 or 12 month, or single issues.
I’ve had several emails and letters from past subscribers who tell me they’ve been unable to re-new their subscriptions to Positive Words magazine due to financial reasons or the Global Financial Crisis. I do understand. Times are tough for many of us and we all have to make cuts according to our family situations and lifestyles. Some subscribers have been with me for almost ten years and I truly appreciate that support, and I also appreciate every other subscription, stamp donation, competition entry etc.
What I do want everyone to know is that you can still submit stories and poems, even if your subs have lapsed. I don’t discriminate. I simply trust that everyone does what they can, when they can. For some it is a full subscription, for others competition entries, postage stamp donations to help with the mail-out each month or promotion by telling friends and fellow writers, spreading the word at writing groups and gatherings. It all adds up.
I have been happily married to my second husband for almost six years now and my children have all grown and left home but, for many years I was a sole parent and for me a magazine subscription was totally out of the question. I struggled to afford writing group fees. I’m still not rich, just moderately comfortable but I would hate to think anyone felt they couldn’t submit their work because they couldn’t afford a subscription.
Some contributors support other publications and competitions, and that’s great – we need as many opportunities as possible.
A few subscribers get their subscriptions by asking friends or family to forgo the chocolates and flowers and buy a subscription for birthdays or Christmas instead. A great idea and guaranteed not to put on weight or cause hay fever!
I’ll be honest – Positive Words magazine runs on the smell of an oily rag and survives on the breadline! Ten years ago when I started, I raised the necessary funds by selling my craft work and plants at local markets. Now, subscriptions, sales and competition fees cover printing and postage costs but I have never drawn a wage or any compensation since I started. I’m not complaining, it’s a labour of love and the magazine has given me a wonderful sense of accomplishment and the chance to help so many people reach their publication dreams. And many, many friends. I am very grateful.
But…if any subscriber/contributor/entrant/generous benefactor goes on to get that big break, rise to J K Rowling-style success and make a million or two… please, don’t forget us :)