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Welcome to Issue 1 3of Spark Young Writers Magazine

Click here to read this issue. Published online in December 2017.

Every magazine has its own house style and every magazine editor has their own criteria for what he or she picks to publish or chooses to reject. Spark Young Writers’ Magazine is no different but actually the one thing that matters to me is whether a piece is good and whether it is the best it can be.

So, yes, there is a 500-word limit and, no, I’ll never run a two- or three-part story spread over different issues.

Other than that, I’ll look at anything and actually this isn’t limited to poetry and prose. Over 13 issues now, the giant majority of pieces published and even submitted have been stories and poems but I will eagerly look at non-fiction too. I’ll also look at scripts but no one has ever submitted a script. If you’ve just taken that as a hint for getting published in a future issue, good.

We have had quite a few non-fiction pieces submitted but I’m struggling to remember our ever publishing one. Until now. In this issue you will find a personal piece about home education and the key word is personal. It’s written with attitude and life and verve. That’s what made it right for Spark Young Writers’ Magazine and it’s what I believe marks out every piece in this and every issue

It’s a privilege to get to edit this magazine and to see how this energy is focused on such a range of topics and spent in so many different ways. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.

William Gallagher – Spark Young Writers Magazine Editor

You can download and keep a PDF edition of the magazine too. Click here to open the full-size PDF and then use your browser’s download button to save it to your computer.

To read Issue 13 of Spark Young Writers Magazine online, please click here. You can see a full list of contributors to the Magazine by heading to the Contributors page.


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 will soon be available to book. 

Check back soon for details, including news of groups which are brand new for September 2024.

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.