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Welcome to Issue 19 of Spark Young Writers Magazine

Click here to read this issue. Published in online in March 2020.

Surely the best thing about editing the Spark Young Writers Magazine, and I’m sure you will feel the same as you read it, is the way the stories and poems transport you to other worlds, other lives and other times.

Reading the magazine, I’m no longer sitting at my desk hiding from the rather grey, rainy afternoon outside. Instead, I’m on a battlefield (of which there are several in this issue), escaping monsters (be that ones that slither in the shadows or lurk in your dreams), and watching cute candy gnomes take caramel baths (my advice: don’t read on if you’re hungry).

In this issue, you will be taken on a journey full of unexpected twists and turns, into castles, crumpet cottages and sprawling forests, all through the words of the incredible young writers. I won’t tell you more, I don’t want to ruin the surprises that lie ahead! All I will say is that I was thrilled and, quite frankly, hugely impressed by the quality of all of the submissions, and the poems, stories and snippets gathered here showcase some of the best new writing in the West Midlands.

It has been a real privilege to read the pieces submitted, and I’m so excited to share this issue with you. I hope you have as good a time reading these pieces as I have.

Matilda Blackwell – 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 19 of Spark Young Writers Magazine online, please click here.


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 2023-June 2024 are now available to book, including three new junior groups for Staffordshire, starting in January 2024.


Young Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing to our online magazine. The deadline for submissions for Issue 29 is 11th November 2024. Full details can be found here.

Spark Young Writers will soon be invited to submit a piece of writing for inclusion in the 2024 Anthology – more on this soon.

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.