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, and you can read the magazine. 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 21 of Spark Young Writers Magazine will be published in October / November 2020.

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 20: July 2020

The 20th edition of Spark Young Writers Magazine is out now. Published online in June/July 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 Ellie Maxwell called Orangutans. To read Issue 20, click here. If you’re interested in submitting to the next issue, find out how here.

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Letter from our Editor

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

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.