Fiction

Halloween Fiction Contest, judged by Rin Chupeco

We at YARN are thrilled to announce that Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch series, will judge our Halloween Fiction Contest.

We invite writers to submit stories in honor of the season ~

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Red Velvet Cupcake

Aashna must choose between what her family thinks she should want and what she needs.

A month after she thought she was getting better, Aashna had the inexplicable headache again. […]

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Trifles

~YARN alum Heather Smith Meloche’s story of complicated sisterly love and tough choices ~ […]Gracie might be my older sister, but she don’t take care of me like no older sister I know.[…]

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Outtake from “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”

Because we are the luckiest YA literary Journal around, we get to share this fabulous scene with you, an outtake from Mackenzi Lee’s “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.” You’re welcome 😉

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PoopBoy + MermaidMurmur

[…] MermaidMurmur: i don’t think ur grasping the weirdness.

PoopBoy: I’m grasping it. And I’m saying you’re overreacting. You probably just wish you were running lines with Football Tristan. […]

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How to Help Your Best Friend Bury Her Mother

When Lily asks you if you like the black-and-white, smile and nod. The way she gathers the fabric in her arms like an infant tells you she’s probably more attached to this one than the sapphire or violet. […]

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Lily Lake

A hiking trip goes wrong in “Lily Lake” by Susan Fox.
[…]But Julia didn’t say anything this time because she could tell Logan was annoyed. She hated that she could distinguish Logan’s moods, like she was Logan’s own personal mood ring.[…]

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Beneath the Call of the Sea

[…] The ocean called to her, its voice soft and crooning. The waves pined for her like a mother, or maybe those were her own desires she heard. […]

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Cold Cereal and Morning Revelations

Talented teen writer James Chang offers a brief glimpse into a family’s unraveling with “Cold Cereal and Morning Revelations.”
[…] You stare back, but I know you aren’t actually looking at me. Your thoughts are elsewhere, miles away. Like seeds flung onto fresh soil.[…]

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Safety Measures

In this gentle story by Melissa Ostrom, Malory strives to launch into adulthood and freedom.

[…] The prospect of the woods’ fate—strangers halving it and tearing down trees for an ugly, dry lawn and an ugly, new house—gave me one more reason to look forward to going away to college in a year. […]

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Structured Reality

In Ali Boston’s short story debut, “Structured Reality,” Casey Walker lives in a dystopian city where she aims to be a star, no matter the cost.

[…] I’m still trying to let Jonty’s idea sink in. This wasn’t how our story was supposed to go. […]

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