Fiction

Say Hoo

In this final fiction story of the 2019 season, Meg seeks meaning and love. 

Meg fell in love with his handwriting, which was a combination of cursive and block print. She felt it exuded intelligence and kindness—and a playfulness that tugged at her heart.[…]

Fiction

Face Down

Jojo thinks his life is mapped out, until he ends up face down.

Fiction

When Monday Met Friday

When well-planned Monday meets spontaneous Friday…

We’ve all known a Monday. No matter where or when you went to school, she was there.

Fiction

Sanity’s Final Christmas?

An honest horror story about a girl’s most dangerous emotions striving to conquer her.

Fiction

mBedi

Laurel wants the newest tech, but Mom is standing in the way…

Fiction

Waiting

In this story in poems, a girl waits for answers as her town and family face the mystery of a lost girl and a lost dog.

Fiction

The Writer

A February pop-up — a story of love and writing by Daniel Craig Roche.

2008 was the year the number sixteen appeared on my birthday cake. A flame flickered above the number one and another danced on top of the number six. I couldn’t think of a decent wish, but everyone stared at me.[…]

Fiction

The Lost Girls

YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo offers up a wonderful creepy, bittersweet tale, which was one of the runners-up chosen by Rin Chupeco for last year’s Halloween Contest. Enjoy! 

He’d never been to the ocean and didn’t know what the waves sounded like when they broke against the shore, but Timothy knew they didn’t sound like the voices of girls.

Fiction

Our Humor Contest Winner — Tequila

With many thanks to our judge Nisha Sharma, we present our winner to you, “Tequila” by YARN alum Laura Gonzalez!

In all my seventeen years, I have always been second. Rosa, my twin, was twenty-two minutes older, and she has held those twenty-two minutes over me for our entire life.[…]

Fiction

One of Our Humor Contest Runners-Up — Citrus and Ash

One of our wonderful Humor Contest Runners-Up, “Citrus and Ash.”

Geoffrey lifted the knocker and brought it down on the witch’s door. Three short authoritative raps to get the job done.[…]

Fiction

Switchbacks

Our last story for the regular season — keep your eyes open for our Humor Contest winners in the next few weeks. In this lovely, lyrical tale, a troubled girl tries to find her way.

[…]Shani’s untethered, sitting on the side of the road on a dirty Mexican blanket…On the other side of the country, her little brother, Duncan, sleeps locked up in a school for boys.[…]

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