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!

Submission News

As we did last year, we’ll be closing our Fiction submissions for the summer. Read the details […]

5 Questions for Lamar Giles

Continuing on in our 5 Questions Series to celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, today we bring you YA crime writer, and YARN alum, Lamar Giles!

[…] What worried me when I was writing “Endangered” was “Fake ID.” “Endangered” was essentially done (rough draft) before “Fake ID” debuted. I had no clue what people would think about my first “big” novel, and was terrified I’d be panned by critics and/or readers. […]

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Poetry

Invisible Objects

By erica l. kaufman
The music is pausing, resting, and the boys and girls with scarred up arms and cigarette mouths are talking, but I am curled up like a gargoyle, sitting on the stoop outside, looking at the black starless sky […]

Fiction

They Held Starlight

Here is a fantasy short story by YARN’s youngest ever teen fiction writer, Christina Im!

The suitors smile, and I resist the urge to cover my eyes from the light stabbing them. It is late evening in the palace ballroom; the windows are firmly shut so the dark cannot touch us. But the gleeful, sharp brightness of the chandelier […}

Poetry

Hotline, Bob Dylan Sensual Music

By Julianna Lillehei

HOTLINE

If I called the Suicide Hotline right now, this is what I would tell them. //
I would tell them, Hey, Suicide Hotline. This is Anonymous. //
They’d say, Hey, Anonymous, this is the Suicide Hotline. […]

Fiction

The Color of Mourning

By Jennifer Honeybourn

[…] I find him in the basement, crouched down, prying the lid off a can of paint. The room is empty, except for a pile of boxes stacked neatly in the corner. The last of John’s stuff. Rod cleaned out his room a few weeks ago. […]

Poetry

good intentions, A Light On

By Iris Dumaual

good intentions

[…] i listen to birds singing their //
spring melodies outside my window while I read //
about cities where the dropping of bombs is a song //
that has been sung outside children’s bedrooms for //
three years. […]

Interviews

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.

Fiction

Finding Someday in the Dark

Congratulations to Laura Keller! “Finding Someday in the Dark” won the YA Fiction/Nonfiction SCBWI Magazine Merit Award!

Fiction

Bang

Congratulations to K.D. Van Brunt! “Bang” won the YA Fiction/Nonfiction SCBWI Magazine Merit Award Honor!

Poetry

Day of Atonement, Keystone

Two poems by teen writer Sophie Panzer.

Keystone

My name is Cathy, she said when we first met //
her sky-through-glass gaze connecting with the earth of my own. //
She stood taller than most, though she was shorter […]

Essays

Retired at Seventeen

Kerri is super excited to bring you this fascinating essay, and hopes it inspires more writers to tell stories from their own lives and submit them to YARN.

By Shannon Bushee

The first time I realized that something was wrong with my legs was an October afternoon a few years ago, during my senior year of high school. I was walking home from school […]

Fiction

Two Truths and a Lie

By Beth Grosart

“This is our time,” Matty says as he walks up the front steps of Taylor Winkle’s house ahead of me.

He stops and turns, waiting for me to catch up. I’m glad he wants to walk in together.

“I don’t even get what that means.” I laugh.

Matty stretches his arms out, turning to face me. “This. Is. Our. Time.”

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