Get Writing: ideas and resources for young writers

Submit to the next issue of Spark Young Writers Magazine

We’re open for submissions of creative writing from writers aged 8-18 from the West Midlands.
 
The deadline for submissions is Monday 12 October 2020.
 
Find out how to submit here.

Get Creative! story ideas on YouTube

Stuck for what to read next? Get some ideas from our Book Advisor!
 
Liz Hyder  is a writer, creative workshop leader and former lead writer at our Shrewsbury Spark Young Writers group, whose Young Adult novel, Bearmouth, was named The Times Children’s Book of the Year in 2019 and received critical acclaim from The Observer, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, New Statesman and Literary Review.  
 
As part of the READ ON Europe-wide project, which Writing West Midlands and Spark Young Writers are part of, Liz spent some time in early 2020 making recommendations and suggestions to readers across the continent.

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.