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Spark Young Writers Magazine wants to hear from you if you’re aged 8 – 20 and live or go to school in the West Midlands.

Hand writingBring your best writing and discover what it’s like writing for a magazine. 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. There is no theme for the magazine, we are looking for poems, short stories, prose – any kind of creative writing as long as it is your own and is no longer than 500 words. You can submit up to 3 pieces of your creative writing.

If your piece of writing (or pieces) are accepted into the magazine, editor will provide feedback on your piece of writing and may ask you to edit it or request your permission to make small changes. All pieces featured in the magazine will be proofread and any minor changes will be made before publication.

Issue 11 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in July 2017. The deadline to submit your writing is Monday 17th July 2017. 

How to submit:

For children and young people who are part of the Young Writers’ Groups (creative writing groups for those aged 8 – 20 run by Writing West Midlands):
Please send your pieces of writing (up to 3 pieces each no more than 500 words in length) as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org by the date listed above. Please note that as this is an online, text based magazine, images are not included in the magazine itself.

For children and young people aged 8 – 20 who are not part of the Young Writers’ groups: 
Please send your piece (up to 3 pieces each no more than 500 words in length) as a Microsoft Word document or PDF along with a submission form (below) to emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org by the date listed above.  If you have any trouble downloading the submission form, please contact Emma and ask to be sent it. You can submit up to 3 pieces to be featured in the magazine but please be aware that not all pieces may be included, everyone will receive feedback from the editor about their writing. Please note that as this is an online, text based magazine, images are not included in the magazine itself. On the whole, we tend not to accept extracts of pieces – please contact Emma at emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org if you are unsure about the formatting.

Submission Form – for those young writers who are not part of our Young Writers’ groups a parent or guardian of each child who would like to submit their creative writing to Write On! Magazine will need to fill this form in as fully as possible and then send it along with the piece(s) of creative writing to emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org.

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