Fiction

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. […]

Fiction

Scar/City

In this #ownvoices story by Diego Salinas, “Scar/City,” we glimpse a very real world in disarray — with stunning illustrations by María Octavia Russo.

He longs for arepas, but he won’t queue. Not him. Not his mother. They will stand their ground. They won’t humiliate themselves. They can resist. He wonders how many pounds he’s got left before he caves in.[…]

Fiction

Crowned

To open our 2017 season, we have an #ownvoices story by the multi-talented Imani Josey — Robyn wants to win the Miss Teen City on the Lake Pageant, but only on her own terms.

[…] Why do you want to be Miss Teen City on the Lake? I sat for a moment, blinking, wondering what would be the best way to answer that. […]

Fiction

Unworn

In this pop-up winter 2017 story, talented teen author Ginevra Davis examines the risks of competition and pursuing one’s passion.

[…] You work so hard, my parents say. You deserve this. The uncut silk is soft as I hold it up to my body. I think I could never be sad wearing something this beautiful […]

Fiction

Peter

Our final fiction of the 2016 Spring-Summer Edition is this harrowing story about runaways by teen writer Morgan Bennett from Texas. Kind of reminds us that S.E. Hinton was only 16 when she wrote and published “The Outsiders.”

[…] can you imagine black fire? It filled Peter’s eyes. Sometimes it seemed like his calm, polite demeanor was hiding someone on the verge of erupting. […]

Fiction

Short Story by Debut Novelist Emily Ross!

We were thrilled to shake a story out of YA thriller writer Emily Ross! Here, as a YARN exclusive, is her short fiction debut!

Morgan comes over so late even the stars are nodding off. As I watch for him through the window, it feels like the blinking blue IHOP sign across the street is hypnotizing me. […]

Fiction

Impromptu Op. 142 No. 3 in B-flat Major

By TEEN writer Angela Yin, this #ownvoices story about a piano playing teen will get you thinking.

[…] And just like that, I did. But not by choice. Horrified, I felt the music splinter without my permission. Break and disintegrate. The notes jabbed my skin as I tried to catch them […]

Fiction

Does Anything Beautiful Emerge?

By Tim Fitts

Matthew was intent on catching a bullfrog. He said it was easy. All you had to do was estimate the direction of the frog’s leap and time it to the exact moment of the frog’s reaction. Then you had it. […]

Fiction

The Driver

By Frankie Bolt

Most Saturday nights, I dress up, lie on my side on top of the covers, facing the closed door to my room. Tonight, only sleep can help me forget what I can’t stand any longer—my mother, myself, Hunter—but I’m awake. Forgetting is a threat I can’t make. Not with Mom on the phone constantly talking to Dad. She’s trying to undo all the hard parts of us since their separation. […]

Fiction

How Not to Want Her

By Clare Fielder

You lie awake at night and you try not to love her. You tell yourself things that are true and things that aren’t. She hates you. You’re nothing. You can do better. She’s ugly. You’re ugly. And after every thought your gut says, But, But, But. […]

Fiction

New Story by YARN Alum

We’re welcoming back YARN alum Laura Williams McCaffrey, who has a brand new book! “Marked,” a dystopian mixed-media fantasy for kids, was published by Clarion Books last month; Kirkus calls it “an original, textured page-turner.” […]

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