Fiction and Essays Submissions OPEN!

Send us your best YA fiction, poetry, and essays! We’re back open for business, searching for the best YA short form for our Spring-Summer 2016 Edition!  Be sure to read our submission guidelines first!!      

It’s a wrap! See you in March …

Phew!  It’s hard to believe that just five months ago we launched our first ever spring & summer edition of YARN in April, with an exclusive poem and interview with Jacqueline Woodson.  And even though I didn’t actually think about it when I was planning this edition, those five months were oh-so-apropos, because as we’ve […]

5 Questions for Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are the coolest thing to hit YA in a long time. Not only are they team writers of the excellent and fabulously reviewed “page-turner with a heart” (says Kirkus) debut novel “Tiny Pretty Things,” […]

TWO SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

How excited are we that YARN swept the YA Fiction/Nonfiction category in the 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

The first place award went to Laura Lyn Keller for her poignant story of love, loss, and disability, “Finding Someday in the Dark.”

The first runner-up honor went to K.D. Van Brunt for his fast-paced story about a teen finding herself in the midst of violence, “Bang.”


5 Questions for Jennifer Donnelly

This 5 Question interview with Jennifer Donnelly picks up where our last, from 2012, left off–and a lot has happened since then! One of her novels was named a Best YA by TIME Magazine, and she’s published a new fantasy series as well. Read on about this bestselling YA and adult novelist.

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We Freaks, Breathe

Two poems by teen writer Lindsey Woodbury.


Because it’s better to be plastic //
And feel nothing at all. //
Than it is to be glass […]


Draco Dracones

By Anj Dockrey

[…] Shaoreaux. He’s nineteen, and he has blue eyes and shaggy black hair. He’s short for a boy, and not very muscley . . . athletic. Dad says he’s the smartest student he’s ever had, and he’s good at cleaning and really good at cooking. He’s also teaching me the ancient art of Dracongei. […]



By teen writer Meghana Myesore
This is where //
the sinners come //
to relieve themselves of immorality. […]


Me Versus The Spanish Teacher

We were SO excited to get this essay from Lyn Miller-Lachmann just as her latest novel, “Surviving Santiago” comes out!

[…] people often ask if I had a Spanish teacher who inspired me. They look surprised when I say I did not—quite the opposite, in fact. My high school Spanish teacher and I did not get along, and after my junior year, she kicked me out of her class. […]


3 Poems by Kelly Fiore

Imagine our delight to find poems by Kelly Fiore in our poetry submission inbox! She is, of course, the author of the smart, complex YA romances “Taste Test” and “Just Like The Movies.” Her upcoming “Thicker Than Water,” on shelves January 2016, promises to be darker but […]


The Nice Things

A small gem of an essay by high school student Morgan Cross.

I’m supposed to think about the nice things. That’s what they say.

We used to play guitar together. That was a nice thing. Like me, you were ambitious. You didn’t ask if I was experienced enough—you knew I would be ready for a challenge […]


Invisible Objects

By erica l. kaufman
The music is pausing, resting, and the boys and girls with scarred up arms and cigarette mouths are talking, but I am curled up like a gargoyle, sitting on the stoop outside, looking at the black starless sky […]


They Held Starlight

Here is a fantasy short story by YARN’s youngest ever teen fiction writer, Christina Im!

The suitors smile, and I resist the urge to cover my eyes from the light stabbing them. It is late evening in the palace ballroom; the windows are firmly shut so the dark cannot touch us. But the gleeful, sharp brightness of the chandelier […}


Hotline, Bob Dylan Sensual Music

By Julianna Lillehei


If I called the Suicide Hotline right now, this is what I would tell them. //
I would tell them, Hey, Suicide Hotline. This is Anonymous. //
They’d say, Hey, Anonymous, this is the Suicide Hotline. […]


The Color of Mourning

By Jennifer Honeybourn

[…] I find him in the basement, crouched down, prying the lid off a can of paint. The room is empty, except for a pile of boxes stacked neatly in the corner. The last of John’s stuff. Rod cleaned out his room a few weeks ago. […]


good intentions, A Light On

By Iris Dumaual

good intentions

[…] i listen to birds singing their //
spring melodies outside my window while I read //
about cities where the dropping of bombs is a song //
that has been sung outside children’s bedrooms for //
three years. […]

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