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Positive Words, an Australian creative writing magazine, is seeking submissions of short stories and poetry for upcoming issues. Work on any theme is always welcome but preference is given to stories up to 1000 words and poetry up to one page. Contributors receive a complimentary copy of the magazine.

Positive Words is currently encouraging writers to ‘get started' on a special project. Many writers have been vowing for weeks, months or even years to begin work on a novel, family history or, perhaps, an autobiography but lack the motivation or confidence to begin. Editor Sandra Lynn James hopes that by sharing experiences and encouraging each other, many readers will achieve a goal

For further information and sample copy of the magazine send two International Reply Coupons to The Editor, Sandra Lynn Evans, 466 Old Melbourne Rd, Traralgon 3844, Victoria.


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The Australian Society of Authors You can join the ASA if you are: a published author in book, magazine or electronic formats; interested in the craft of writing but as yet unpublished; an organisation with similar membership and interests to the ASA. The ASA represents just about anyone who writes, illustrates or designs for publication. Website: Email:

Australian Writer's Marketplace Your guide to being published in Australasia. For information about the 2005 edition contact: Queensland Writers Centre, 2/109 Edward St, Brisbane 4001. Tel: 07 3839 1243 Fax: 07 3839 1245. Email: Website:

Smiling Politely

Would you like to be published? Then enter the seventh Smiling Politely Very Very Short Story Competition. Entries close 18 April 2005. Entries are for stories 1500 words or less, entry fee is $6 per story, and more details can be found at:

And from New Zealand:

LeafSalon ( provides a lot of useful and up-to-date info on what is happening on the NZ literary scene. A friendly and highly recommended website.

The New Zealand Book Council Mission: To inspire New Zealanders to read, write, create and learn through books. For 30 years the New Zealand Book Council has been committed to promoting books and reading by bringing together readers, writers, publishers, editors, schools and reviewers. It is a dynamic organisation with a wide range of activites and programmes designed to meet the needs of writers and readers and to encourage a love of literature in the wider community. Website:

New Zealand Poetry Society Website:


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