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Winter 2011 Alphabet Soup — out now!

Issue 11 cover, Alphabet Soup magazineThe eleventh issue of Alphabet Soup magazine (yay! yay!) was posted yesterday. If you are a subscriber, keep an eye on your letterbox.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the winter issue:

  • Q&A with author, Wendy Orr
  • Meet a beekeeper
  • Writing tips for kids from The Book Chook
  • Stories by Michele Purcell and Emma Cameron
  • Poetry by Edel Wignell, Jackie Hosking and Lorraine Marwood
  • Stories, poems and book reviews by kids
  • Crossword
  • Our winter writing competition
  • Our annual design-a-cover competition

and more!

Later today we’ll be posting the Q&A with Wendy Orr and on Monday we’ll be posting the winning stories from our recent story-writing competition. So stay tuned!

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Don’t miss the comp closing dates!

Just a reminder—i"Boy writing by Greg Mitchell"f you want to enter our design-a-cover competition, entries close on 16 September 2010. The winner will see their artwork on the cover of our summer competition (out in November) and receive $20 worth of art supplies. You can find details and an entry form on the Alphabet Soup website.

And if writing is more your thing, don’t forget we run a writing competition for kids in every issue of the magazine. Our spring story competition closes on 22 October 2010. There are $20 book vouchers for the winners in three age categories. You’ll find details and an entry form over at the Alphabet Soup website for that, too.

Good luck!

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Spring issue 2010 out Monday 23 August!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be arriving in subscribers’ letterboxes from Monday 23rd August.

The spring issue will have you humming a happy tune!"Issue 8 cover (spring 2010)"

  • Meet Dr John Long, palaeontologist and author
  • stories and poems by adults and children
  • Verse round for 2 or 4 voices
  • meet professional viola player, Helen Tuckey
  • The Book Chook’s column: ‘How to write funny stories’
  • book reviews
  • crossword
  • writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!
  • design-a-cover competition!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be available from our WA stockists from Tuesday 24 August. (Westbooks, Zero to Ten, The Well Bookshop Shenton Park.) Or  subscribe via the magazine’s website!

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Issue 8, coming soon!

Issue 8 of Alphabet Soup magazine will be out in a few weeks, and it has us humming a happy tune. It will be heading off to the printer very soon—here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside.

  • Q&A with John Long, author and palaeontologist
  • a round chant in four parts you can try with your friends
  • Stories, poems and book recommendations
  • crossword
  • kids’ writing and artwork (stories, poems, book reviews and artwork)
  • The Book Chook’s latest writing tips (How to write funny stories)
  • Helen Tuckey, talking about playing the viola
  • KID’S COMPETITIONS: our spring writing competition and your last chance to enter our design-a-cover comp

and more!

"Books from Fremantle Press"

Do you subscribe to Alphabet Soup? The winner of our issue 8 subscriber draw will receive a $200 book pack from Fremantle Press. If you’d like to subscribe, you can subscribe online (and order single copies of the magazine) via our website. 🙂

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TWO NEW ALPHABET SOUP COMPETITIONS!

A. WINTER 2010 WRITING COMPETITION – WIN A $20 BOOK VOUCHER! Boy entering writing comp

Entries close 12 JULY 2010

Write a short story up to 350 words (shorter is FINE!). Your story must include the word ‘ice’. Include a competition entry form. This may be printed from the website .

Your entry can be handwritten or typed. Make a copy of your entry as we cannot return entries. (Make sure you read the competition rules.)

B. DESIGN-A-COVER COMPETITION – SEE YOUR ARTWORK ON THE COVER OF THE SUMMER ISSUE!

2009 winning design
2009 winning design by K Larson, 9

Using any materials you like, design a cover for Alphabet Soup magazine. Your artwork must be on one side of a sheet of white A4 paper. Make sure the paper is portrait orientation. Do not include the Alphabet Soup logo.

You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry must have a competition entry form with the declaration signed by you and a parent. (Entry forms may be printed from the website or contact us to have one sent to you.)

The winner will receive one copy of the summer 2010 issue (out November 2010), and art supplies worth $20.

The theme for the 2010 cover is: wetlands.

There will be one winner chosen. By entering the competition, you agree to us using your artwork on the cover of the summer 2010 issue of Alphabet Soup magazine. We will publish the winner’s name, age, suburb and state, unless you advise us otherwise.

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Design-a-cover competition closes soon!

If you are 12 or younger, and you like drawing and painting – the design-a-cover competition closes on 16 September 2009! Here are the details:

DESIGN-A-COVER COMPETITION

Entries close 16 SEPTEMBER 2009
Win a pack of quality colour pencils, and see your artwork on the cover of our summer 2009 issue!
Using any materials you like, design a cover for our summer issue. Your artwork must be on one side of a sheet of white A4 paper. Do not include the Alphabet Soup logo (we’ll add it in ourselves).
You may enter as many times as you wish but each entry must have a separate COMPETITION ENTRY FORM (you can print one from our website, photocopies are OK too). We will accept entries postmarked 16 September 2009.