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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. 

How to submit:

If you are a young person aged 8 – 20 living or studying in the West Midlands, you can submit up to 3 pieces each of no more than 500 words in length. The work should be uploaded via the submission form as a Word document, or rich text document.

The Editor will chose from the submissions and 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 see our Terms and Conditions for more information about the magazine and its content.

Magazine submission guidelines

  • Submit up to 3 pieces (any form of creative writing) of no more than 500 words. 
  • Name of child. Full name preferred, but we will accept just a first name.
  • Title for piece.
  • No extracts – complete pieces only.
  • You must either attend a Spark Young Writers group, or live or study in the West Midlands.

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, November 11, 2024

Issue 29 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in December 2024. This issue of the magazine has no prescribed theme.

Not all pieces submitted will be accepted. However, all submissions are acknowledged with constructive criticism offered by our professional editor. We will make minor edits 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.