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. […]

Winners! The #yarn5 Contest!

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of YARN’s fifth year of publication, we held a poetry contest this April calling for any and all riffs on the number five. Our guest judge, super-agent, YA author and YARN Alum, John Cusick, had the tough task of picking the winning poems. CLICK TO READ THE WINNERS!

Interview with Sarah Darer Littman

In addition to our 5 Questions series, we are also hosting this full-length interview with the amazing Sarah Darer Littman, whose fourth YA novel Backlash, is out this week!

[…] I wish someone had taught teen me to have the courage of my convictions—and to stick with it, rather than doing what was expected of me. […]

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News

Submission News

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

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.”

Poetry

L’Appel Du Vide, Letter to a Stray Cat, Different

Three poems by teen writer Skye Kuppig.

Different

Sitting in the back of the room, //
The new kid. //
He has his head hung low, […]

Poetry

Dear Levi

By Margaret Zhang
Levi, the oysters still clamber against shore, //
latch onto fly-by-night toenails the way you //
snap on my index joint, eyes twinkling like bent //
corners of a parchment page. […]

Fiction

The Game Winner

By Matthew Guerruckey

Every time one of the other guys on the team hits a homerun, there’s a loud clink sound from the ball landing right on the sweet spot of the aluminum, but until that day I’d never heard a clink like that from my own bat. I knew it was a home run as soon as I’d hit it. […]

Poetry

Letter to Sylvia Plath, Spectrum love poem

By Lauren Boisvert

Letter to Sylvia Plath

Dear Sylvia, Ms. Plath,

There is a curl to your hair that I admire. //
There is a quirk to your mouth – black and white photo –[…]

Interviews

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. […]

Fiction

Past the Honeysuckle

YARN is psyched to kick of National Short Story Month with its first official story of the 2015 Season!

By Brandon Patterson

Dave lives in a place separated from other homes—real homes—by private land and simple miles of endless trees. His apartment is one of five brick boxes lining a strip of crumbled pavement, their backs to the mountain. […]

News

Winners! The #yarn5 Contest!

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of YARN’s fifth year of publication, we held a poetry contest this April calling for any and all riffs on the number five. Our guest judge, super-agent, YA author and YARN Alum, John Cusick, had the tough task of picking the winning poems. CLICK TO READ THE WINNERS!

Interviews

Interview with Sarah Darer Littman

In addition to our 5 Questions series, we are also hosting this full-length interview with the amazing Sarah Darer Littman, whose fourth YA novel Backlash, is out this week!

[…] I wish someone had taught teen me to have the courage of my convictions—and to stick with it, rather than doing what was expected of me. […]

Poetry

Sequels and Shadows, Letter to a Teenage Self

By Sarah Hackley

Letter To A Teenage Self
Listen: It Isn’t Enough
to dull those pains.
There isn’t enough liquor
or willing men in the world
to outrun what you’ve got […]

Poetry

Hold, Work of Art

Two poems by Samantha Polak with formatting so cool we can’t put it into this window. So click already!

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