It’s a wrap! See you in March …

Phew!  It’s hard to believe that just five months ago we launched our first ever spring & summer edition of YARN in April, with an exclusive poem and interview with Jacqueline Woodson.  And even though I didn’t actually think about it when I was planning this edition, those five months were oh-so-apropos, because as we’ve […]

5 Questions for Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are the coolest thing to hit YA in a long time. Not only are they team writers of the excellent and fabulously reviewed “page-turner with a heart” (says Kirkus) debut novel “Tiny Pretty Things,” […]

TWO SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

How excited are we that YARN swept the YA Fiction/Nonfiction category in the 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

The first place award went to Laura Lyn Keller for her poignant story of love, loss, and disability, “Finding Someday in the Dark.”

The first runner-up honor went to K.D. Van Brunt for his fast-paced story about a teen finding herself in the midst of violence, “Bang.”

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5 Questions for Jennifer Donnelly

This 5 Question interview with Jennifer Donnelly picks up where our last, from 2012, left off–and a lot has happened since then! One of her novels was named a Best YA by TIME Magazine, and she’s published a new fantasy series as well. Read on about this bestselling YA and adult novelist.

YARN Editors on Writer’s Digest!

To help celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, Writer’s Digest invited Kerri, Diana, and Kip to chat. If you’re looking for advice on getting published, commiseration on the writing life, or inside info on trends in YA, this is the interview for you!

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Blog

A Writing Vacation

Fiction Editor Diana Renn–and travel mystery writer extraordinaire–went to London intending to scribble away in her journal. And what did she come with? Not a single word. But that’s okay! Find out why.

Fiction

1,000 Kisses by Debut Author Kris Dinnison

What’s summer without a hot new author? Kris Dinnison’s debut YA novel, “You and Me and Him,” just released last month from Houghton Mifflin. It’s about two outsider friends who both crush on the new guy in their small town. It’s a captivating story of music, friendship, and making amends. Here’s a short story from Kris to give you a taste of her writing!

Interviews

5 Questions for Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are the coolest thing to hit YA in a long time. Not only are they team writers of the excellent and fabulously reviewed “page-turner with a heart” (says Kirkus) debut novel “Tiny Pretty Things,” […]

Poetry

VIDEO POEM! “Transition to the Real World”

YARN is thrilled to bring you this end of summer treat–a spoken word poem on video!

By Terese Mason Pierre

Transition to the Real World

In my mind, there was no fear //
That I wouldn’t survive, thrive, //
From the very first day […]

Fiction

The Foxes

By Marie Iida

Haruna and I were walking home from school, just the two of us like usual on the riverbank road, when the attack began.

“Itai!” cried Haruna, her hand flying to the back of her head where the stinging pebbles had hit her. […]

Poetry

Exclusive Meg Wiviott Poems!

YARN’s poetry editor, Kip Wilson Rechea, recently met Meg Wiviott at a weekend at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she had the opportunity to hear Meg read from “Paper Hearts,” a gorgeous verse novel that packs an heavy emotional punch.

Fiction

Small Silences

By Megan Mikhail

It’s four-thirty on a Thursday afternoon, and Julie Evans, who has been my best friend since we were seven and barely conscious of what being a best friend meant, has confessed she is living a lie.

“No, I said we are living a lie,” Julie clarifies.

“What’s the difference?” I ask. “Aren’t you part of us?” […]

Poetry

Sister Soldier, Live: A Verb

By Anna Ritchie

Sister Soldier

Neither did I realize that you’d be soon to leave me, //
to sleep in your twin size bunk. //
Gray sheets, tucked neatly. //
Formation at zero six hundred. […]

Fiction

Where There’s Smoke

By Hannah Bell

The gun is cold in Ernie’s hand, heavy with more than just its weight. He looks down at the scrap of paper resting on the table in front of him and reads over the familiar name that’s scratched out in blue pen, as though it might have changed since the last time he looked. […]

Fiction

We Never Get To Talk Anymore

By Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

I get lost counting pockmarks in the ceiling tiles. Under my pillow, the cell phone buzzes and I tap the snooze bar without looking. I can’t lose count. Fifty-three, fifty-four, zzzz, zzzz. Tap. I’m too heavy to get up.

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Poetry

4 Poems by Rex Ybañez

Four poems by Rex Ybañez

Immortal Childhood

Sleeping in the garden temple, //
the young boy still dreams //
about the river […]

Essays

The 3AM Taxi

Debut YA author K. C. Tansley (who’s already been around the adult publishing block as Kourtney Heinz) is getting great reviews on her supernatural murder mystery “The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts”

Here she reveals to YARN a scary real-life moment in her life when her safety, and her bff relationship with her college roommate, was at stake.

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