Happy Spring, Everyone!
As many of you already know, 2015 is YARN’s 5th Anniversary! Way back in January of 2010, we launched with a small staff of 3 editors and 3 readers. Now we have a staff of 18! And five years ago, we were the *only* literary magazine publishing teen and adult writers of YA side by side–now there are several, like Sucker and One Teen Story. And many “adult” literary magazines are also taking YA submissions these days. Our mission to change the landscape of YA lit one yarn at a time is working!
Thank YOU, Readers, for making that possible. YOU read the new work we publish every week, and share it with your friends and family, and for that we are deeply grateful.
We’re celebrating our 5th Year in a few ways. For starters, we’re doing our first ever SUMMER edition of YARN. As I mentioned back in June 2014 when we broke for last summer, we wanted to see if publishing new material in the spring and summer, instead of during the school year as we have before, might bring us more readers–especially teen readers who have less “required” reading to do in the summer months. Please do join us in helping us SHARE fresh YARNs, and GROW our audience. Thanks!
We’re also doing a not-to-be-missed series of short interviews with awesome YA writers–some new to YARN, and some YARN alums. This will be our 5 Questions series, and we’re kicking it off with none other than Coretta-Scott-King and National Book Award winning author Jacqueline Woodson!
And of course, as has become a tradition at YARN for National Poetry Month, we are hosting a POETRY CONTEST this April. We’re calling it the #yarn5, and it invites contestants to riff on all things FIVE. The winner winner will get manuscript critique by YARN alum and super-agent John Cusick! There are a few other great prizes, too–check it out.
If you’re a teacher, you’ll be happy to know we have updated the lesson plans in our Toolbox. So many YARN staffers over the years have been teachers, librarians, or aspiring teachers and librarians, that we wanted to offer our over-worked and heroic colleagues around the globe some much-needed help, with fun and challenging lesson plans that use all the FREE reading we post on YARN on a weekly basis. Aw, shucks. You’re welcome.
There’s more, but I don’t want to give it all away. I’d much rather see you here again soon.
Thanks again for reading.
What’s your YARN?