About Spark: A Creative Anthology

Spark: A Creative Anthology is administered and published by the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

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Why We Exist

Spark: A Creative Anthology was originally established as a market for alumni and faculty of the California State Summer School for the Arts. Our mission today is perhaps best summed up in the words of Brian Lewis, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Spark:

My goal was to establish a high-quality, paying market where emerging authors and poets can gain professional experience being published alongside respected and established authors. While Spark still encourages submissions from faculty and alumni of the California State Summer School for the Arts, we are looking for quality writing and artwork from any source. We set the bar high in order to encourage young writers to continue to excel and develop their talents, and to maintain a publication to which established professionals are excited to submit.

Our Credentials

Brian James Lewis, Editor-in-Chief and president of the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, an alumnus of the California State Summer School for the Arts in Creative Writing, and—by day—a Senior Software Security Engineer.

James E. Lewis, Associate Editor, is a poet who spent two years as Assistant Managing Editor at The Cortland Review, and was a staff editor there for three years before that. He is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience as a medical professional.

Our Staff

D. Laserbeam, Senior Staff Reader, was invited to join the Spark staff shortly after we accepted the flash-fiction piece “Five Hundred” for publication. The work is featured in our inaugural volume. Befitting such a euonym, Laserbeam is currently working on a PhD in mechanical and nuclear engineering in addition to writing flash fiction and short stories.

George Wells, Writer Liaison, is a regular contributor to Spark, and has short fiction appearing in each of our first four volumes. Because of his experience with Spark and our selection and editing process, we invited him to take on this challenging role, compiling staff notes and corresponding with writers who submit their work to us. Wells is an American expatriate living in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he teaches English as a Foreign Language and writes.

Cassie Clark, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, is a Master’s in English Literature student grounded in the world of technical writing. She expertly leverages Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to build bridges between Spark supporters, contributors, and future readers.

Thirty volunteer staff editors and readers selected from the writing community help screen submissions as they come in and participate in the selection process through discussion and voting. If you’d like to join our staff of volunteers, be sure to visit our Jobs page for current opportunities.

Contact Us

Pre-submission questions: query@sparkanthology.org
Editor-in-Chief: editor@sparkanthology.org
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