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’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 22 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in March 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 21: November 2020

The 21st edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine is out now. Published online in November 2020, 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 Iona Mandal called The Typewriter. To read Issue 21, click here.  If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

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Letter from our Editor

You could say that this is the first issue of Spark Young Writers’ where every poem, story or other piece was written during a lockdown –– and the magazine was produced during another one. But I prefer to think of it as the first issue we’ve ever had a riddle in.

It was all written during the lockdown and just about the only request we made was that pieces be in some way about that. We felt safe asking that because we knew we were asking writers –– and it’s a rare writer who can help themselves going off into unexpected new and fresh areas.

So while we have articles that might start as being about the lockdown, they end in very different places. Coincidentally, we have a couple of stories in the form of diaries, but you may never see two such different tales.

In this time where we are suddenly all far more technology-savvy and technology-dependent than we could have imagined, we also have a tribute that is ostensibly to the typewriter. As you’ll see, it’s really about far more than that.

Which is why “The Typewriter“, by Iona Mandal is my editor’s pick for this unusual issue. 

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.

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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.

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