The Day Garrett Rogers Made Me Cry

We’re so pleased to present our first fiction story of the 2018 season, a happy-sad tale about getting through tough times.

Every two months, Garrett performs at assembly…If he sang at every assembly every week, then people would think he’s showing off. He is showing off, that’s just how he masks it.[…]


How to Ruin Your Senior Year, In 10 Days, In 3 Simple Steps, As Told by Judith Sloan

Humorously, tragically, a perfect love story goes awry.
1. Set Up a Really Great Life With a Really Great Boyfriend and a Really Great Best Friend[…]


At the End of the World

One of our two fabulous Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Halloween Fiction Contest – a gripping story about a monstrous future.

The only thing worse than a Nazi skinhead is a Nazi skinhead at the end of the world[…]


The Survey

Enjoy the winner of our Halloween Fiction Contest judged by the brilliant Rin Chupeco.
My father doesn’t believe in the afterlife. You die and then you’re dirt is what he says, and he’s not a big fan of dirt.[…]


Halloween Fiction Contest – Submissions Now Open

    Submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest With a thrill of fear and anticipation, we officially announce that submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest. Channel your muses and mediums, your forebears and fortunetellers, your terrorizers and tricksters. A reminder of the contest details: The fabulous Rin Chupeco, author of the […]


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 ~


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. […]



~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.[…]


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 😉


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. […]


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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