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 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, 27th March, 2023. 

Issue 26 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in April 2023. 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. 

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.

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.

With groups across the West Midlands, including 2 online-only groups, there will be a Spark Young Writers group near you.

Groups are open to young writers aged 8-17 who are interested in any type of creative writing.

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Young Writers Magazine

Submit your writing for publication in our Spark Young Writers Magazine. 

Exclusively for young people aged 8 – 20.