Get Involved

Bring your best ideas 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. 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 21 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in November 2020. The deadline to submit your writing is 12th October 2020. This issue of the magazine has a loose theme: Living in Lockdown, and is being produced as part of the READ ON project, co-funded by Creative Europe.

How to submit:

If you are a young person aged 8 – 20, you can submit up to 3 pieces each of no more than 300 words in length. 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 complete the online submission form and upload your writing as a Word Document where prompted in the form.

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.

Join a Group

With 22 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.

Follow our Story Starters

Updated weekly, our free story starters created by writers across the region will get you writing in new and exciting ways.

Watch our Get Creative! prompts

During lockdown in spring 2020, we asked professional writers to upload short clips of writing prompts you can do from home.