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
- 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
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. 🙂
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.)
Have you heard that Alphabet Soup magazine is starting a Junior Reviewers Club for kids aged 6 to 12?
You can write reviews of books you love, and go on our list of club members who would like to receive free books to review. Your reviews will be published in the Write On section of Alphabet Soup magazine, or occasionally here on Soup Blog.
Membership to the Junior Reviewers Club is free, and club members can be individual children, or a primary school class. (In the case of a class, we will send one book for the class to read together, and class members can write a collaborative review, or individual reviews).
While club membership is open to Australian and overseas children, currently we can only send review copies to Australian addresses due to the high cost of postage. (But members outside Australia are welcome to submit reviews of their own books, and receive the members’ newsletter.)
Parents and teachers can request an application pack by emailing the editor or download the application pack from the homepage of the Alphabet Soup website.
Issue 5 will be arriving in your letterboxes from 16 November. We love the bright and summery cover – it was designed by Kate Larson, winner of our design-a-cover competition!
We received many many excellent entries and choosing a winner was very difficult. We thought Kate’s cover was eye-catching, we loved the kids on the beach, and the design left room for the Alphabet Soup logo and a few words about what’s inside the issue. Congratulations Kate!
So, what will you find inside the upcoming issue?
- Q&A with Christine Harris, author of the Audrey of the Outback series.
- Meet an astronomer, Peter Birch.
- Stories, poems and book reviews.
- Kids’ writing.
- Summer writing competition (win a $20 book voucher!)
If you’d like to buy a copy online, subscribe, or renew your subscription, visit our website: www.alphabetsoup.net.au.
Keep reading and writing!
Rebecca Newman, Editor
Spring 2009 Writing Competition: entries close 3 October 2009.
This competition is open to children aged 12 and under. Entries are judged in three age categories.
Win a $20 book voucher!
Write a poem up to 10 lines long (shorter is fine!) about a vegetable you find growing in a garden. Include a competition entry form (available from our website). We will accept handwritten and typed entries. Keep a copy of your entry as we cannot return entries.
See competition rules on the entry form, and get writing!
Well, here’s a photo of a daffodil which has just flowered in my front garden, isn’t it lovely? (Try not to notice the weeds at its feet!) This means, of course, that the spring issue of Alphabet Soup magazine is just around the corner – it will be out next week!
What will you find inside?
- Q&A with Mark Greenwood, author of Simpson and His Donkey, The Legend of Moondyne Joe, and Fortuyn’s Ghost (among others!)
- Curiosity corner: a family growing their own vegies
- Stories and poems
- Writing by kids!
- Book reviews
- Writing tips for kids from The Book Chook
- Spring writing competition
- Design-a-cover competition
(You can subscribe to Alphabet Soup via our website – parents can order with a credit card online, or print off a form to post to us with a cheque. Subscribers with an Australian delivery address are entered into a draw each issue – this issue’s winner will receive a $200 book pack from Fremantle Press!)
Yes, this issue has a spring-is-in-the-air feel to it! Daffodils are easy to grow in Perth, and they suit my garden perfectly, as they don’t mind a bit of neglect! I do love to see their yellow trumpets bobbing about in spring. So – what’s growing in your garden at the moment?
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.
Doesn’t a serve of delicious alphabet soup sound like just the thing for this cooler winter weather? The winter 2009 issue of Alphabet Soup is out now!
Inside Alphabet Soup magazine this issue:
- Q&A with Jo Oliver (author-illustrator of Pilgrim)
- interview with an Air Traffic Controller
- Stories, poems and good books
- Kids writing (poems, stories and book reviews)
- winners of our autumn writing competition
- details of our winter writing competition
- details of our design-a-cover competition
- and more!
Where can you buy a copy? If you live in Western Australia, you can buy copies at Westbooks children’s bookstore (396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park) and Zero to Ten (330 South Tce, South Fremantle).
You can also order single copies (or subscribe!) from our website www.alphabetsoup.net.au, where you can order online with a credit card, or print off an order form to post in to us with a cheque or money order.
Get reading (and writing)!
Have you read a really cool book that you think other kids would love too?
We are currently considering book reviews by children under 12, for publication in the winter issue of Alphabet Soup, which will be out in May 2009.
If you’d like to send us a book review, you can find guidelines for submitting work on the ‘Writers Wanted‘ page of the the Alphabet Soup website.
We love hearing about your favourite books, so get writing!
Win a $20 book voucher!
Write a poem or short story up to 200 words (shorter is fine). Your poem must include the word ‘float’ in it, and don’t forget to give your poem a title!
For competition rules, and to download an entry form, go to www.alphabetsoup.net.au and click on ‘competitions.’
Entries close 3 April 2009.