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Bring your best ideas and discover what it’s like writing for a magazine or an anthology book.

You will also learn how to make your work stand out and how to work with an editor, how to revise and develop your writing. We are looking for poems, short stories, prose – any kind of creative writing as long as it is your own. 

Magazine issue 27 submission guidelines

  • Submit up to 3 pieces of prose, poetry, scripts or journalism, each one up to 500 words. For poems, we can accept up to three pieces with a combined total of 70 lines.
  • Name of child. Full name preferred, but we will accept just a first name if necessary.
  • Title for piece.
  • No extracts – complete pieces only.
  • If the writer is in a Spark Young Writers Group, then list which one it is

We ask for a parent’s email address which we will use to ask for consent to publish any writers who are under 18. For parents completing the form, if the young writer has an email address please include it and we will also send confirmation to that address.

Deadline for receipt of the writing: 6pm, 20th November 2024

The next issue will be published in December 2023.

Please note that the magazine is edited and that not all pieces will be accepted. If a piece is rejected, the issue’s editor will write an explanation of why and what he or she suggests the writer does to improve it. 

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information about the magazine and its content.

 

Anthology submission guidelines

  • Submit up to 2 pieces of prose, each one up to 800 words. For poems, we can accept up to three pieces with a combined total of 70 lines.
  • Name of child. Full name preferred, but we will accept just a first name if necessary.
  • Title for piece.
  • No extracts – complete pieces only.
  • Name of group.
  • You must have attended at least one Spark Young Writers session since September 2023.

We ask for a parent’s email address which we will use to ask for consent to publish any writers who are under 18. For parents completing the form, if the young writer has an email address please include it and we will also send confirmation to that address.

The next anthology will be published in September 2024. Submission and consent deadline: before Monday 22nd July 2024.

We will publish any writing you send us, as long as it meets our submission guidelines. We will make only minor changes to spelling, punctuation and grammar, to improve readability where necessary.

Get Writing

If you’d like to submit a piece of your writing for possible inclusion in the magazine, please see the Get Involved page to see more details. This magazine is published online three times a year: summer (June/July), winter (October-December) and spring (February-April) terms.

Our Spark Young Writers groups for September 2024-June 2025 are now available to book. 

Spark Young Writers can submit up to 500 words of their writing for inclusion in this year’s Anthology. The deadline for submissions is 22nd July 2024. Full details can be found here.

Submissions for the 29th edition of the Spark Young Writer Magazine are also being accepted. The deadline is 29th November 2024.

 

Check out all our ideas for writing prompts at our Get Writing tab. 

A wide selection of images, videos and Funsheets for young writers to complete.