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.

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Summer Break!

That’s it for our 2018 season, folks. It’s time for us to kick off our shoes and go wandering in the summer warmth.

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.[…]

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The 2018 Fiction Humor Contest Results are In!

Submissions were sent. Stories were compiled and read by our readers. Laughter, giggles, and snorts ensued. Choices were narrowed down. Nisha Sharma selected the three best pieces. Which means… The time has finally come to share the results of our FIRST EVER Fiction Humor Contest! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit […]

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General Submissions Close for the Summer

General submissions are now closed, but we’ll have lots of great stories and poems for you to keep reading through July, including our announcement of our Humor Contest Winners.

Interviews

Interview with Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely’s “Tradition” explores the ways young men help create and perpetuate rape culture, as well as fight it in alliance with young women. We’re thrilled he agreed to talk about his work.

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And We Have a Winner!

The time has come to announce the winner of our Surprise National Poetry Month Giveaway!

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Let the Humor Begin!

It’s May 1st, and you know what that means?

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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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