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Issue 25: December 2022

The 25th edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine is out now. Published online in December 2022, the magazine features some of the best writing produced by children and young people aged 8 to 20 who live in the West Midlands region. Editor’s pick this issue is a piece by Amelie called A Recipe for Golden Stories (Decorations Included).

To read Issue 25, click here. To access it as a pdf, click here.

If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

Letter from our Editor

Writing is always about more than the words you use. At the very least, it’s also about the words you don’t use, but inescapably writing is always revealing of more than the writer intended.

So in this 25th issue of Spark Young Writers’ Magazine, you will see the same wild range of pieces, but you will also very quickly sense that this writing could only be written now. Even in light and short pieces there is always an undertow of what the writer is feeling, what he or she is going through away from their writing. With the pieces in this issue, in particular, you get a constant extra feeling of brooding thought that makes the writing absorbing.

Except possibly in “A Recipe for Golden Stories (Decorations Included)”, which deliciously pretends there are rules for writing stories. For being funny right from the excellent make-you-smile title, that’s why this piece by Amelie is my editor’s pick for the issue.

William Gallagher, editor