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Come on a blog tour with Alphabet Soup magazine!

Tomorrow we are taking the spring 2009 issue on a blog tour! Alphabet Soup's spring 2009 cover

From 1 – 7 September, Rebecca Newman (Alphabet Soup‘s Publisher and Editor) will be visiting 7 different blogs, where she’ll be answering questions about the magazine. Find out what started it all, how the magazine could be used in the classroom, who’s on the team at the magazine, and more!

The spring ’09 issue marks the magazine’s first birthday. To celebrate, there’s a set of the first four issues to be won – so make sure you visit Robyn Opie’s blog on 6 September!

Tomorrow you’ll find us at our first stop on the tour, talking to Dale Harcombe at ‘Write and Read With Dale‘.

See you there!

BLOG TOUR DATES:

1 September What led the publisher to start Alphabet Soup magazine?

Dale Harcombe (Write and Read With Dale)

http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale

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2 September What goes into ‘whipping up’ an issue of the magazine?

Sally Murphy (Sally Murphy’s Writing for Children Blog) http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com

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3 September Promotion and Alphabet Soup

Claire Saxby (Let’s Have Words)

http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com/

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4 September Submissions, and selecting material

Mabel Kaplan (Tales I Tell)

http://belka37.blogspot.com

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5 September Alphabet Soup in the classroom: benefits for teachers

Dee White (Teachers Writing Helper)

www.teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

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6 September ‘First birthday’ giveaway. Win a set of the first four issues!

Robyn Opie (Writing Children’s Books)

http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com

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7 September Who’s on the team behind Alphabet Soup magazine?

Sandy Fussell (Stories Are Light) http://www.sandyfussell.blogspot.com

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You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au

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To improve your writing skills – keep writing!

Well done to everyone who sent entries in for our winter ’09 writing competition!

Over the past two days we’ve read through some imaginative and entertaining stories – and we’ve come to the conclusion that you really are a talented bunch. It’s difficult to choose just one winner for each age category.

Remember that writing as often as you can is a good way to improve your writing skills. So, even if you are not a prize-winner this time, entering the competition has helped your story-writing. Keep writing!

You’ll read the winning stories in the spring ’09 issue of Alphabet Soup and there’ll be a new writing competition announced in the spring ’09 issue. (Hurrah!)

And of course, while you’re waiting for the next writing comp, there’s still time to send in your artwork for our design-a-cover competition (for kids under 12). For entry forms and more details, see the competitions page on the Alphabet Soup website.

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Behind the scenes: January 2009

Greg Mitchell has been very busy, and we’re currently adding his illustrations to the upcoming issue of Alphabet Soup. Issue 2 is due in February 2009 and includes an interview with Duncan Ball (author of the Selby books), an article about scuba diver Liz Brodie, book reviews, stories, poems, kids’ writing, a crossword and a kids’ writing competition!

For more information about the magazine (or to find out how to subscribe), see www.alphabetsoup.net.au and stay tuned!