School Magazine

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The School Magazine is a literary magazine for children which has been published continuously by the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities in its many incarnations since its first issue in 1916. It was originally subtitled 'A Magazine of Literature for Our Boys and Girls'.[1] Established during World War One, the magazine was intended to expand the range of reading material available to New South Wales primary school students. Stephen Henry Smith was the magazine's first editor, followed by Doris Chadwick, who held the position of editor from 1922 to 1959.[2] Over its 100-year history, its editors have included some of the best known names of Australian children’s literature: Noreen Shelley, Patricia Wrightson, Lilith Norman, Duncan Ball, Anna Fienberg, Jonathan Shaw and Tohby Riddle. The list of past and present editorial staff features many authors who have been recognised by awards or by popular acclaim: these include Joanne Horniman, Dianne Bates, Cassandra Golds, Margrete Lamond, Geoffrey McSkimming, Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue Murray. Some of the many illustrators are Kim Gamble, Tohby Riddle, Aaron Blabey, Stephen Axelsen, Noela Young, Craig Phillips, Sarah Davis and David Legge. The School Magazine publishes four literary magazines for children: Countdown, Blast Off, Orbit and Touchdown. Each 36-page full-colour magazine contains a mix of stories, plays, poetry, nonfiction articles, book reviews, puzzles, comic serials and other texts.

Published continually since February 1916, the School Magazine is the oldest magazine in Australia and the longest running literary magazine for children in the world.[3]

The magazine has thrived as a showpiece of original writing for children from authors in Australia, New Zealand, the US, India, the UK, and a number of Asian, Pacific and African nations.

The magazine has played and continues to play a role in fostering new talent in writing for children. In particular, it is the largest publisher of poetry for children in Australia. A number of children’s writers and illustrators who are now justly celebrated were first published by The School Magazine, which still accepts unsolicited manuscripts.

To foster literacy skills, the School Magazine also publishes Teaching Units, which offer lesson plans and worksheets to assist teachers in maximising the use of the literary material with their students.

The current editor is Alan Edwards.

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  1. ^ the Department of Education, New South Wales (1 February 1916). "The School Magazine of literature for our boys and girls". The School Magazine of literature for our boys and girls. 
  2. ^ "History - The School Magazine - going strong since 1916". The School Magazine official website. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Smith, Alexandra (17 February 2015). "The School Magazine turns 100 and becomes the longest continually published children's literary publication in the world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

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