See You In … April!!

Kerri explains why YARN will take a longer-than-usual break starting this summer.

[...] As usual, as warm June turns to hot July, we are taking a break on publishing new material. This time, though, instead of returning in September, we are going to return in April 2015, reopening for another terrific National Poetry Month, and publishing all the way through Summer 2015! [...]

Interview with Ellen Conford!

This is Kerri here, seizing this AMAZING opportunity to introduce one of my literary heroes, Ellen Conford. When I was a tween and teen, I devoured as much Ellen Conford as I could lay my hands on. At the library, at sidewalk sales, and in bookstores, I would look for her name and when I found new titles, I would immediately place the book in my bag. [...]

Story by Steve Brezenoff is live!

Maybe you’ve heard of Steve Brezenoff? He is is the author of edgy the YA novels “Brooklyn, Burning” and “The Absolute Value of -1,” as well as the super cool Field Trip Mysteries you might have enjoyed in your younger years.

Guy in real LifeHis latest novel is “Guy in Real Life,” and he has sent YARN an exclusive short story about one of the characters! [...]

UPDATE to Fiction Submission Guidelines

Hello Writers!

After a great deal of thinking and discussing, we have decided to close fiction submissions for the summer, effective June 1, 2104 through September 15, 2014.  

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WINNER of our Random Word Contest!!!

Our guest judge, none other than John Corey Whaley, said it was “tough” to pick a winner of our Random Word Contest. And we don’t blame him! There were some really excellent entries, and we were super happy that some of you tried to put visuals with your words.

But…..

THE WINNER IS……

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Interviews

Interview with Ellen Conford!

This is Kerri here, seizing this AMAZING opportunity to introduce one of my literary heroes, Ellen Conford. When I was a tween and teen, I devoured as much Ellen Conford as I could lay my hands on. At the library, at sidewalk sales, and in bookstores, I would look for her name and when I found new titles, I would immediately place the book in my bag. [...]

Fiction

Ellen Conford’s Classic “If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti”

“If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti” is the title story of a collection of wise, hilarious YA short fiction all written by Ellen Conford, and published in 1983.  We think you’ll agree that it more than stands the test of time (although kale has  certainly come a long way in thirty-one years!).  You can still order an old copy just like the one Kerri had on her bedside table for years, or [...]

Fiction

One in the Belly

By the amazing Steve Brezenoff

Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . .

“Wait,” I say through my clenched teeth, and I shift around on the floor and grab at the bunched-up beach towel under me. It doesn’t do a great job making the tiles of the third-floor girls’ bathroom comfortable.

“Christ, Jelly!” Izzy snaps at me as she flinches. Jelly, by the way, is me. [...]

Fiction

Tomorrow I’ll Miss You

By Catey Miller

Joshua, Texas is officially a Ghost Town. We exceeded the legal limit for the ghost-to-people ratio last night. It’s not a big deal—it’s not like you can do much to drive a ghost out, or threaten one; no one’s doing violence to them, obviously. But in most cases [...]

Fiction

The Last Good Thing

By S. Alexander

“Hey, Adam. New shoes?”

The sound of Naomi’s voice cutting into the quiet of my back-yard scares the ever-loving shit out of me.

“Jesus.” I startle, grabbing onto the rusty chain of the old swing I’m sitting idle on so I don’t fall. I’ve been poking at a huge-ass blister on my heel and it feels like an intrusion on an oddly private moment between me and my foot. [...]

Fiction

Drowners

By Lauren Wiser

The summer I turned seventeen was my second year lifeguarding at the Village Pool in Millstadt, Illinois, and I still hadn’t saved anyone. Kurt Zoller claimed he saved someone, once— a young girl trying to reach the bottom of the twelve-foot—but Kurt was in college and had worked there much longer. I mostly just sat around on the stand [...]

Fiction

Asian Cinderella

By Linda M.C. Nguyen

My dad was a stern believer that I shouldn’t date until I was done with school and had what he called a stable job. By job, he secretly hoped I would become a medical doctor. So imagine my dilemma when a handsome boy suddenly asked me to prom. I told my parents I was going with a group of friends instead.

Then, to make matters worse, Dad offered to drive me to prom. [...]

Essays

Our Father, Who Art in Heaven (Maybe?)

By Jilly Gagnon

We’d already done the hushed-voices, bedside consultation about whether it was time to pull the plugs.

We’d already suffered through the shock—in one of the endless meetings with the doctors during that last week—of learning that P., the woman we thought of [...]

Fiction

Silk and Light Tricks

A short short by high school junior Nicole Mueller

Among the back rooms and dusty halls of the city, a phenomenon had been growing. There were never flyers pinned up or articles in the paper to advertise as other acts had. No, rather word of mouth carried the renown of the show.

The magician was famous for spectacular feats performed worldwide. [...]

Poetry

Sunday Brunch & Pretty Little Teacup

By Keri Lindenmuth

Pretty Little Teacup

pretty little tea
cup

sitting on your
saucer

[...]

Essays

Writing What You Know vs. Writing What You Want to Know

YARN is psyched to have this essay by veteran novelist Liz Fichera, who has something important to share with all of us about writing, diversity, revision, and finding the humanity in your characters.

[...] Something you should know: I am neither a teen nor Native. In fact, on the surface, my background differs greatly from Fred’s. Below the surface, however, I found that while developing and writing Fred, we were more alike than I realized. [...]

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