Apologies to everyone waiting for the competition results and/or latest magazines. First the flash flood and last week I broke my ankle, followed by bad reactions to pain medication which has slowed me down a little. Just a little! The results will be posted in the next couple of days and any remaining magazines posted. Thanks everyone for your understanding 🙂
I can’t drive as it’s my right foot so have to wait until someone drives me or at least takes the mail. And…at last I have builders here starting on the repairs to our flood damaged house. Still a way to go but I’m sure by the time my ankle heals it will be a distant memory 🙂
I’m feeling much better than I did this time last week and am once again making up for lost time, all with the background hammering, sawing and banging 🙂
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.
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
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.
Entries for the June Mini competition need to be posted by 30 June 2017.
The word for the month is BLUE. Each entry needs to be accompanied by the entry fee – $2 in unused stamps.
For further information mini themes 2017
Many people have been asking if the stories, poems and articles in Positive Words magazine and entered into the competitions have to be ‘positive’. NO!
The ‘positive’ in the title refers to the act of doing something positive with your work i.e. getting it out there, submitting it to a magazine, anthology or publisher, entering it into a competition etc. Be proud of your work and what you’ve achieved whether it’s a happy story or poem, a sad one, reflective, horror, dramatic…whatever your preferred genre.
Competition finalists and winners are selected on merit, not genre.
Over the years we’ve had a wide variety of genres in both the monthly print issue and entered in the competitions…go for it!