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Winter 2012 writing competition

Entries close 12 JULY 2012

Boy writing. Artwork copyright Greg MitchellWrite a story no longer than 500 words (shorter is fine). Your story should include the word ‘orange’.

You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must include a separate competition entry form. This may be printed from the website (see competition rules), photocopied, or contact us to have one emailed or posted to you.

Your entry can be handwritten or typed. Make a copy of your entry as we cannot return entries.

A $20 book voucher is awarded to the winner in three age categories: Under 7s, Under 9s, and Under 12s.

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Summer writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!

Entries close 21 JANUARY 2012

Write a poem no longer than 12 lines. Your poem should contain the word ‘dragon.’

Include a competition entry form. This may be printed from the website (see competition rules), photocopied, or contact us to have one emailed or posted to you.

Your entry can be handwritten or typed. Make a copy of your entry as we cannot return entries.

A $20 book voucher is awarded to the winner in three age categories: Under 7s, Under 9s, and Under 12s.

Happy writing!

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October is Birthday Month!

balloonsWe’re very excited about October because October is our Birthday Month. And this year we’re turning THREE.

So, three is our favourite number for a month. We have a three-themed writing competition, we’ll be giving away three writers’ journals later in the month (over three days) and from 3rd October we’ll have a stream of writers and illustrators stopping by the blog all month to answer THREE QUICK QUESTIONS.

All our writers and illustrators will be answering the same three questions:

1. Where do you like to write/draw?

2. Can you name a book you’d recommend to our readers?

3. Can you offer a word or phrase that kids could use for inspiration if they have writers’ block?

Our first visitor will be Oliver Phommavanh—comedian and author of Thai-riffic! and Con-nerd.

See you back here on Monday!

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Summer 2010 issue out 7 December!

"Alphabet Soup magazine issue 9 cover"

Inside issue 9 of Alphabet Soup magazine:

  • Q&A with Hazel Edwards, author of There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake (and many more books!)
  • Australian Wetlands at Perth Zoo
  • Stories, poems and book recommendations
  • Kids’ writing (your own stories, poems and book reviews!)
  • Crossword
  • The Book Chook’s writing tips for kids
  • Summer 2010 writing competition

Oh! And don’t forget to admire the cover. The artwork is by Angel Hatton, the winner of our design-a-cover competition.

SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR CHRISTMAS and we’ll post your order on 20 December 2010 with a postcard attached notifying the recipient that it is a gift subscription from you.

Subscribe online and write ‘Christmas gift’ in the ‘message to sender’ field or

Download an order form and send it in with your cheque or money order (and note on the form that it is a Christmas gift).

A 1-year subscription is only $29.80 (including p&h)

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Win a $20 book voucher! (Spring writing comp for kids.)

Our spring writing competition for 2010 closes on Friday 22 October 2010.

The bad news is that we haven’t had as many entries as we usually find in our PO Box. The good news is, there’s still time to enter! (And we can’t guarantee that you’ll win, but with fewer entries you have a slightly better chance of winning. But shhhh, we didn’t tell you that.)

"Child writing, illustration by Greg Mitchell"For this competition, you have to write a funny story about a musician—maybe that scared off a few writers but we’re sure you can write something funny about a crazy conductor or a brass player who likes blowing bubbles out of his tuba, or … a dog howling whenever his neighbour practises the recorder … or … ___________________<– enter your own idea here.

The competition is judged in 3 age categories: under 7s, under 9s and under 12s and there are $20 book vouchers to be won.

Here are the details:

SPRING 2010 WRITING COMPETITION

Entries close 22 October 2010

Write a funny story about a musician. Length: up to 350 words—shorter is fine. Your entry can be handwritten or typed.

Include a competition entry form. This may be printed from the website, photocopied, or contact us to have one emailed or posted to you.

We accept emailed entries (if you include a scan of the entry form) and entries postmarked 22 October.

Good luck!

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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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Issue 7 out May 17!

Inside the winter 2010 issue of Alphabet Soup:

  • Meet Sandy Fussell, author of the Samurai Kids series, Polar Boy, and Jaguar Warrior
  • stories and poems by adults and children
  • inside a hotel made of ice
  • writing tips for kids, from The Book Chook
  • book reviews
  • writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!

We’ll also have details of the 2010 design-a-cover competition. The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of our summer 2010 issue (out in November 2010). For details, check inside issue 7, or visit the competitions page on the Alphabet Soup website on Monday 17 May 2010.

Are you a subscriber? Subscribers are entered into a draw every season – this season’s winner receives a $200 book pack from Walker Books! (Books may differ from those pictured.)

Visit the Alphabet Soup website to subscribe online.