Issue 11 Out Now

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The 11th edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine is out now. Published online in April 2017, the magazine features some of the best writing produced by children and young people aged 8 to 20 who live in the West Midlands region. Editor’s pick this issue is a piece by Abbey Pickess called  Missing.

To read Issue 11, click here.

If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

Issue 10 out now

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The 10th edition of Write On! Magazine is out now. Published online in December 2016, the magazine features some of the best writing produced by children and young people aged 8 to 20 who live in the West Midlands region. Editor’s pick this issue is a piece by Megan Depper called I Know.

To read Issue 10, click here.

If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

Issue 9 Out Now!

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The 9th edition of Write On! Magazine saw the most submissions we’ve ever had. Published online in April 2016, the magazine features some of the best writing produced by children and young people aged 8 to 20 who live in the West Midlands region. Editor’s pick this issue is our opening piece by Phoebe Case called Technology is Not the Answer.

To read Issue 9, click here.

If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

Write On! Magazine will be rebranded in summer 2016 so watch this space for our new-look!

Issue 8 – now available!

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The 8th edition of our magazine featuring writing produced by children and young people living in the West Midlands is now available to read online! You can read issue 8 here and you can also download a copy to keep by clicking here

Editor William Gallagher made the very difficult decision of choosing which piece should be Editor’s Pick and he went for Kacie Clifton’s Internal Monologue – Embarrassment which you can read here.

We hope you enjoy reading Issue 8 and if know a young writer aged 8 – 20 living in the West Midlands who would like to submit their work, please visit the Get Involved page for more details. All those who submit will receive feedback from the magazine’s editor.  

Issue 7 – now available

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Issue 7 of Write On! Magazine, which is edited by special guest Rosanne Rivers, is available to read on our website and you can also download a copy of it to keep! Featuring 27 pieces of writing from young people from the West Midlands, Rosanne had this to say about the issue, ‘Perhaps my favourite aspect of reading these submissions was how many pieces make you question the world around you. The writers who have submitted to this magazine are between the ages of 8-20, and yet they raise questions that adults ignore or accept as a normal part of life.’

You can read the magazine online here www.sparkwriters.org/latest-issue/ and you can download it by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy Write On! Magazine! If you know of anyone aged 8 to 20 who would like to submit their writing to the Magazine, please visit our Get Involved page to find out more.

 

 

Issue 6 now available!

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Issue 6 page 1Issue 6 of Write On! Magazine is available to read on our website now and you can also download a copy to keep! This issue was edited by special guest, young adult fiction author, Rosanne Rivers. Rosanne, who has previously worked with the children and young people in our Write On! Young Writers’ Groups, had this to say about the writing submitted for inclusion in this issue; ‘ I knew to expect a very high standard of writing within the submissions for this magazine, and yet I was still amazed to see such a fantastic display of imagination from these writers, some as young as eight years old…Each entry in this edition will elicit a response from the reader, whether that is curiosity, a sense of the macabre or a new outlook on something you thought you understood. To me, that is great writing’.

You can read Issue 6 now by heading to the Latest Issue page or click here to download a copy.

 

Submit Your Writing for Issue 6!

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Exciting times are ahead as we look  to Issue 6! For the next two issues, we are delighted to welcome Rosanne Rivers. If you’re aged 8 – 20, live in the West Midlands and enjoy creative writing – we want to hear from you! You can submit up to three pieces of creative writing which can be on any theme as long as they are no more than 500 words each.

If you are part of Writing West Midlands Write On! Young Writers’ Groups, please email pieces to Joanne by the submission deadline of Friday 6th March. If you are not part of the Young Writers’ Groups (formerly known as Writing Squads), click here for more details on how to get involved. You can see the previous issues of the magazine by going to the Latest Issue tab.

Say Hello to our Guest Editor

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Roseanne RiversFor issues 6 and 7 of Write On! Magazine, we are pleased to announce a guest editor – Rosanne Rivers.

Rosanne Rivers delights in writing for young adults and children. She is the author of young adult novel After the Fear and has also written the script to the IOS and Android game Highrise Heroes. She has worked with Writing West Midlands on the Write On! Young Writers’ Groups in Coventry and Rugby and also featured at the Young Writers’ Summer School which was held at the University of Warwick in August 2014 and will be involved in 2015’s Summer School. She is currently working on her second book, a young adult fantasy novel and is looking forward to working on Write On! Magazine this spring and summer!

If you’re aged 8 – 20 and live in the West Midlands, you can submit up to three pieces of your creative writing (each no more than 500 words) for Issue 6 now! The submission deadline is Friday 6th March and the magazine will be available online and to download in April. For Issue 7, the deadline is Friday 5th June and that issue will be out in July. For more details of how to submit, please click here.

To find out more about Rosanne Rivers, please visit her website, http://rosannerivers.com/.

 

News from Write On! Young Writers

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New to Issue 5 of Write On! Magazine is our news section, this can be found in the PDF version of the magazine available to download by clicking here.

Here is a selection of news from the young writers taking part in Writing West Midlands’ Write On! programme, this includes the Magazine, Young Writers’ Groups and Write On! In Schools;


Sonora Hills aged 15 recently self-published a novel that she has been working on for the past three years. You can read an extract from the novel entitled Aza here and find out how she wrote the novel also. You can buy Aza from Amazon by clicking here  or by searching for Aza: 1 (The Once Trilogy).


A review of Stephan Pastis’s Timmy Failure We Meet Again written by Chloe aged 10 from our Telford Young Writers’ Group has been published in the November edition of Anorak Magazine.


 

A short story written by Gabriella aged 9 from our Pershore Young Writers’ Group was recently shortlisted for the Roddy Brooks Short Story Competition. The competition was organised by Worcestershire County Council & Learning Service and National Trust Croome.

 

Read Issue 5 of the magazine now! Visit the Latest Issue page for more information.

 

 

Two new issues for December

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As Christmas approaches we are delighted to present two new issues of Write On! Magazine – one special edition featuring writing created by some of the young people who took part in the Write On! Young Writers’ Summer School earlier this year and our biggest issue yet, issue 5.  Will Buckingham, who was one of the writers working with the young people at the Summer School, said this of the special edition, “These were writers with quirky talents and quick wits, writers unafraid to play with words and ideas to create things both new and strange. It was an honour to work with them. And by the end of the week, I was overwhelmed by what is possible, if you put a bunch of talented young people together, give them pens and paper, make sure that they are well fed, and give them time and space to follow their own noses. 

The poems, stories and snippets gathered here are just a sample of these writers’ work. Read them and remember their names. I very much suspect  you’ll not have heard the last of them.”

As our current Magazine editor takes a break until Autumn 2015, he reflected on issue 5, “… it’s about thinking what matters for your writing and being bold enough to try it knowing that you could fail. We have various constraints on Write On!, for instance, that matter a lot: we can’t run serialised stories from issue to issue, we can’t squeeze in novels. It’s less of a rule for us but we haven’t run articles and I would have told you that we’d never run an article that was an explanation of a piece of prose fiction: the writing in Write On! must work without an introduction.”

To read the special edition, please click here and to read our bumper issue 5, click here. Happy Reading!

If you’d like to submit writing for the next issue which will be out on April 2015, please see our Get Involved page. The spring and summer issue will be edited by writer of young adult dystopian fiction Rosanne Rivers. To find out more please visit her website: http://rosannerivers.com/.