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Short Story & Poetry Competition

The Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2020 is still running ๐Ÿ™‚

Entries need to be posted by 23 April 2020 – don’t worry of they don’t arrive by then, as long as they are posted by that date. This allows for any postal delays.

Entry forms here: Entry form

Thank you everyone for the support ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  We are emailing and phoning to try and keep in touch and Iโ€™ve continued to email our โ€˜lesson/homeworkโ€™ 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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ or snail mail – Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote 3523 Victoria.

Back to the Beginning…

The October 2017 issue of Positive Words magazine completes 15 years of publication ๐Ÿ™‚

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 andย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 –

August Mini-Competition

Positive Words August Mini-Competition – write a short story in 100 words or less, or a poem in ten lines or less (excluding titles) using the word BASKET.

Entry fee $2.00 in unused stamps. Prize: 6-month subscription to Positive Words magazine. Entries need to be posted by 31 August. Don’t worry if they don’t arrive by then – the mail is so erratic these days and as long as you post by the closing date your entry will be included ๐Ÿ™‚

Send entries to The Editor, PO Box 798, Heathcote Victoria 3523.

February Mini-competition Results

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the competition – I really appreciate the support.

Congratulations to this month’s winner Marie Vonow!

Please find full results here: Positive Words FEBRUARY 2017 Mini Results

More results will be posted soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Competition Results

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered the recent Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2017. Your support is very much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

Congratulations to the winners, place-getters and short-listed entrants. Please find the results here Results

Our next major competition is now open. You can find details and an entry form here Entry formย I hope you will all support this competition – Thank you!

Further delays

Unfortunately, the November Positive Words magazine is still not ready but I have been assured it will be available for pick up on Monday and I will post them all out . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for your patience and kind emails.

My NaNoWriMo novel is still going well and I’ve now passed the 30,000 word mark. If I can keep this up I’ll reach the target several days early and maybe even keep going and finish the story (I’m sure it will have a bit to go after 50,000 words)

I’m thoroughly enjoying it. How are your novels going?

Last Day…

…to post your entries in both the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry Competition and the October Mini-competition.

They don’t have to arrive by today – as long as they are posted ๐Ÿ™‚

For detail see the previous post.

And… THANK YOU everyone for the great support!

Positive Words FEBRUARY Mini-competition results

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.

You can find results here: Positive Words FEBRUARY 2015 Mini

I hope you will continue to enter the monthly mini-competitions ๐Ÿ™‚

Another one :)

Has it really been a week since the last prompt? Okay…here’s one for todayย  . . .


Hope it brings some good ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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