Our Pushcart Prize Nominees

Once again, we’re thrilled to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Celebrating YARN Alums

We wanted to highlight some of the new YA novels some of our fantastic alums have released in 2018. Perhaps one of these would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list!

The Lost Girls

YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo offers up a wonderful creepy, bittersweet tale, which was one of the runners-up chosen by Rin Chupeco for last year’s Halloween Contest. Enjoy! 

He’d never been to the ocean and didn’t know what the waves sounded like when they broke against the shore, but Timothy knew they didn’t sound like the voices of girls.

Summer Break!

That’s it for our 2018 season, folks. It’s time for us to kick off our shoes and go wandering in the summer warmth.

Our Humor Contest Winner — Tequila

With many thanks to our judge Nisha Sharma, we present our winner to you, “Tequila” by YARN alum Laura Gonzalez!

In all my seventeen years, I have always been second. Rosa, my twin, was twenty-two minutes older, and she has held those twenty-two minutes over me for our entire life.[…]

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Our Pushcart Prize Nominees

Once again, we’re thrilled to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Blog

Celebrating YARN Alums

We wanted to highlight some of the new YA novels some of our fantastic alums have released in 2018. Perhaps one of these would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list!

Fiction

The Lost Girls

YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo offers up a wonderful creepy, bittersweet tale, which was one of the runners-up chosen by Rin Chupeco for last year’s Halloween Contest. Enjoy! 

He’d never been to the ocean and didn’t know what the waves sounded like when they broke against the shore, but Timothy knew they didn’t sound like the voices of girls.

News

Summer Break!

That’s it for our 2018 season, folks. It’s time for us to kick off our shoes and go wandering in the summer warmth.

Fiction

Our Humor Contest Winner — Tequila

With many thanks to our judge Nisha Sharma, we present our winner to you, “Tequila” by YARN alum Laura Gonzalez!

In all my seventeen years, I have always been second. Rosa, my twin, was twenty-two minutes older, and she has held those twenty-two minutes over me for our entire life.[…]

Fiction

One of Our Humor Contest Runners-Up — Citrus and Ash

One of our wonderful Humor Contest Runners-Up, “Citrus and Ash.”

Geoffrey lifted the knocker and brought it down on the witch’s door. Three short authoritative raps to get the job done.[…]

Poetry

Blitz, Magical Thinking

Two poems by Mureall Hebert

Blitz

“It’s a blitz!” she wailed under the strobe light //
looking [almost] beautiful //
and limber //
and wild //
and free. […]

Poetry

Paleontology, Foxes

Two poems by teen writer, Nandita Naik

Paleontology

In a nightmare, I mend my sutures //
with wildflowers, kneel by the river //
and drink. […]

Poetry

eulogy for dying pine, anatomy

Two poems by Taylor Fang

anatomy

your faceless blue shadow //
mauled on the water, //
yawning in the waves, //
makes me wonder […]

Fiction

Switchbacks

Our last story for the regular season — keep your eyes open for our Humor Contest winners in the next few weeks. In this lovely, lyrical tale, a troubled girl tries to find her way.

[…]Shani’s untethered, sitting on the side of the road on a dirty Mexican blanket…On the other side of the country, her little brother, Duncan, sleeps locked up in a school for boys.[…]

News

The 2018 Fiction Humor Contest Results are In!

Submissions were sent. Stories were compiled and read by our readers. Laughter, giggles, and snorts ensued. Choices were narrowed down. Nisha Sharma selected the three best pieces. Which means… The time has finally come to share the results of our FIRST EVER Fiction Humor Contest! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit […]

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