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.[…]

Fiction

The Game

Kat, Nick, and Robbie face tough fights — and try to find the best way to win.

The bottle left on the kitchen counter is never a good sign.[…]

Fiction

Don’t Look Down

In “Don’t Look Down,” you’ve got to face your worst fears — whether you want to or not.

White walls are nothing but trouble. Trust me. I’ve woken up in enough hospitals to know this by heart.[…]

Fiction

From Autumn to June

In this powerful story by YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo, a young girl tries to make sense of a family secret.

[…]Maybe if you were here it would have been different. We’d talk about things.[…]

Fiction

Kleptomania

Maybelle could not see over the feathered ears of the owl in her lap.

Fiction

Habits

Jess begins to wonder which habits to keep and which to break.

“I really don’t think cocaine is vegan.”[…]

Fiction

The Fish Suicide

Robbie asks himself again and again — why did I love this girl?

Fifteen minutes ago I was awoken by my phone buzzing…I reached for it, answering without looking at the caller. “Jerome killed himself,” said the tear-muffled voice of the ex-girl-of-my-dreams.[…]

Fiction

FINO

“FINO” by Maryann Jacob Macias asks who ARE your real friends and allies?

[…]Maybe Rosa and I were part of her flair. The brown bread flanking her white meat sandwich. Sasha considered herself quite the rabble rouser.[…]

Fiction

In Honor of Short Story Month — A Humor Contest, Judged by Nisha Sharma!

In honor of short story month, we’re thrilled to announce that YARN alum Nisha Sharma, author of the soon-to-be-released My So-Called Bollywood Life, will judge our Humor Contest.

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