Terms and Conditions

A. Alphabet Soup’s Young Book Reviewers’ Competition: Terms & Conditions

  1. The competition is open to Australian residents aged 12 or younger.
  2. You may enter more than once, but each entry must include
  • The title of the book being reviewed, its author and illustrator (if applicable).
  • Entrant’s full name
  • Current grade at school (e.g. Year 1)
  • Australian postal address
  • Parent’s email address
  • Parent’s mobile number
  • The statement: “This is [your name]’s own unaided work, and it has not been published elsewhere.”
  1. The review must be of a children’s book from any genre, fiction or nonfiction. You can choose to review any book you own or borrow, but you cannot enter a review of a book if that book was provided to you or a family member as a review copy.
  2. There is no word limit for reviews.
  3. Work must be original and previously unpublished (in print, and online).
  4. Entry is free.
  5. The closing date is 2 May 2020, 11.59pm Western Australian time.
  6. Entrants retain copyright over their work but by entering this competition the entrant authorises Alphabet Soup to publish their review at Alphabet Soup’s website http://www.alphabetsoup.net.au if the review is longlisted, or is the winning review.
  7. Alphabet Soup reserves the right not to award prizes in any section at the discretion of the judge.
  8. Winners will be personally notified and publicly announced via Alphabet Soup’s website and social media on 5 May 2020.
  9. One overall winner will be selected in each of two categories: Junior (Kindy, Preprimary, and Year 1 students) and Primary (students in Years 2 to 6).
  10. Prizes: all longlisted reviews will be posted to Alphabet Soup’s website http://www.alphabetsoup.net.au. The winner of the Junior category will also receive one postcard per month for 6 months from various children’s authors or illustrators (a total of 6 postcards). The winner of the Primary category will receive one postcard per month for 6 months from various children’s authors or illustrators (a total of 6 postcards). The winners’ addresses will be held by Alphabet Soup only for the duration of the prize distribution and will then be destroyed. Authors and illustrators providing postcards will not have access to the winners’ addresses.
  11. The prize will only be posted to Australian addresses.
  12. The decision of the judge is final.
  13. Immediate family members of Alphabet Soup staff are not eligible to enter.
  14. A parent or guardian should email their child’s entry to editor@alphabetsoup.net.au

B. The Home Imaginarium Competition: Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to Australian residents aged 7 to 12.
  2. You may enter more than once, but each entry must include
  • Entrant’s full name
  • Entrant’s age (as at 5 May 2020)
  • Australian postal address
  • Parent’s email address
  • Parent’s mobile number
  • The statement: “This is my own unaided work, and it has not been published elsewhere.”
  1. The story must be the entrant’s own unaided work, and may be on any subject but must include the words PAPER and BIRD (separately or together) somewhere in the story.
  2. Stories must not exceed 800 words in length.
  3. Work must be original and previously unpublished (in print, and online).
  4. Entry is free.
  5. The closing date is 5 May 2020, 11.59pm Western Australian time.
  6. Authors retain copyright over their work but by entering this competition the winner authorises Alphabet Soup and Paper Bird Books to read the winning story aloud on a Paper Bird Books Live Instagram, and understands that the recording of that live stream (including the story) will be then be retained on the ‘Paper Bird Books Home Club’ YouTube channel.
  7. Alphabet Soup and Paper Bird Books reserve the right not to award prizes in any section at the discretion of the judge.
  8. Winners will be personally notified and publicly announced via Alphabet Soup’s website and social media on Friday 8 May 2020.
  9. One overall winner will be selected. The winner will have their story read aloud by an author or illustrator (as chosen by Paper Bird Books) during a Paper Bird Books’ Instagram Live stream. The live stream will be recorded and will subsequently be available at Paper Bird Books Home Club’s YouTube channel. The winner will also receive one new-release book each month for 6 months.
  10. The decision of the judge is final.
  11. Immediate family members of the staff of Alphabet Soup Publishing and Paper Bird Books are not eligible to enter.
  12. A parent or guardian should email entries to editor@alphabetsoup.net.au