Spark Magazine

About Spark

Produced by Writing West Midlands, this online magazine features writing created by children and young people from the region.

To read the most current issue of the magazine, please visit the Latest Issue page where you can find a note from the magazine’s editor, William Gallagher, or download a PDF of the issue here. If you’d like to read more creative writing by up and coming young writers you can visit the Previous Issues page.

If you live or study in the West Midlands and 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.

Issue 23 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in September 2021.

For more information about Writing West Midlands and to see information such as writing groups in the West Midlands, literature and spoken word festivals, universities, writing in the region and our work with young writers, please visit our website www.writingwestmidlands.org.

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Latest Issue

Issue 22: May 2021

The 22nd edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine is out now. Published online in May 2021, 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 and across Europe. Editor’s pick this issue is a piece by Annabel Herbert called Trying to Find the Missing Pieces. To read Issue 22, click here. If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

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Letter from our Editor

Take a look at the contents page for this issue, please. It’s the longest contents page we’ve ever had and I believe it’s the best, too. I look at that list and more than story plots or rhymes, I’m instead thinking of what each piece made me feel. Sometimes they just made me laugh. Occasionally they also frightened me. 

But one thing that each of these rather startlingly different pieces has in common is that they are more than the words on the page. They reach out to you, sometimes with a grin to tickle you, sometimes to give you a cold scare, and most often to change you in just a little, important way. What they also have in common, though, is that they are here. 

For every one of the pieces in this contents page, there are something like 1.2 other pieces that did not make it. We say this when you’re submitting work but I want to underline it. Spark Young Writers magazine is for young writers, yes, but in reality it isn’t for writers at all –– it is for the readers. So when you submit to Spark Young Writers magazine and I’m the editor, I treat you the way I do any other writer commissioned for any other magazine. That does mean there is a lot of rejection, but you’re a writer, rejection is normal. Rejection is so normal it’s practically boring, but our aim here is that if you are rejected, you are told why and what you can do about it. Whereas if you are accepted and you are published, know that you earned this. I still don’t know any better feeling than that and I’ve been writing for a long time now. 

The Editor’s pick this issue is a piece by Annabel Herbert called Trying to Find the Missing Pieces. Congratulations, Annabel.

William Gallagher, editor

William Gallagher – Spark Young Writers Magazine Editor

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 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.

Volunteer With Us

Join our team of Lead and Assistant Writers delivering creative writing workshops to young people across the region. 

Share your enthusiasm for writing, have fun, and develop your own skills.

Summer Writing Challenge

Book for a week of creative writing activities, and individual feedback from professional writers.

Monday 26th – Friday 30th July 2021

Exclusively for young people
aged 12-17.