Spark Anthologies

Submit your writing to the 2022 Anthology now!

Open to Spark Young Writers (anyone who has attended at least one session this school year), we are now open for submissions. Please click the button below for details of what we can accept and to submit your writing.

Writing West Midlands is proud to present The Sound of a Creature’s Wings Spreading, an anthology of writing produced by young writer enrolled in the 2021 Summer Writing Challenge.

Lead Writers Liz Berry and Fiona Joseph met with our young writers online over the course of a week in July 2021, encouraging them to try their hand at a whole range of styles and genres of writing, from riveting fantasy to emotionally charged tales to chilling poetry. The results are gathered here in a brilliantly diverse collection as ambitious and promising as the writers responsible for it.

With contributions from Sadeen Ahmad, Umar Arshad, Angelica Hadjianastasis, Khadeeja Irfan, Emily Londsdale, Eva Maltby, Iona Mandal, Erin Oakley, Hattie Payne, Chloe Pick, Fanni Doroti Polgar, Luca Rezzano, Petra Rihan, Jeya Sandhar, Blake Scammell & Eirini Vassilas-Smith.

Available to buy as a paperback or ebook here.  

All the different Spark Young Writers groups joined together for the first time to make a single anthology of work that they produced during the year. 

From September 2020 – July 2021, our creative writing groups were forced to take place online, which has been difficult for some of our young writers. We asked all our young writers – even those who only managed one or two sessions with us – if they would like to contribute a short piece for our Anthology.

We are delighted to share with you a collection of varied writing: poems, stories, scripts, letters and reviews. Some have been written collectively, most independently.

Our young writers range from 7 – 17 years old.

 Available to buy as a paperback or ebook here.

The Warmth of Home and Other Stories is an anthology of wonderful new writing by young people who took part in a week long Summer Writing Challenge in July 2020. 

The young people were given writing prompts by writers Ruth Stacey and Rick Sanders and this collection contains some of the writing produced in response: a wonderfully eclectic collection of poetry and short fiction which represents the creative young people who wrote it. 

With contributions from Mohamed Ali, Laurie Archer, |Olivia Bibb, Bridey Bingley, Patrick Dale, Chloe Guy, Amira Helate, Emily Lonsdale, Nusayba Nabeel, Elias Madeley, Thalia Madeley, Iona Mandel, Petra Montford, Fanni Doroti Polgar, Kristof Polgar, Jeya Sandhar, Joshua Vaughan. Compiled by Greg Dimmock, produced by Spark Young Writers and Writing West Midlands, with support from Arts Council England.
Available to buy as a paperback or ebook 

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.

With 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.

Assistant Writers needed!

If you like creative writing and  would like to share your enjoyment with young people, join us! It’s great opportunity to learn how to run creative writing workshops and gain experience working with young people.

Young Writers Magazine

Submit your writing for publication in our Spark Young Writers Magazine. 

Exclusively for young people aged 8 – 20.