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. […]

World Poetry Day 2017

Happy World Poetry Day from all of us at YARN! In celebration, today marks the day we open for submissions to our Finding Home poetry contest. We can’t wait to read your entries!

Our 2017 Season Is Here!

Happy almost-Spring! We at YARN could not be more thrilled about all the goodies we have coming your way in the upcoming 2017 season.

FINDING HOME Poetry Contest

In honor of World Poetry Day, and inspired by the soon-to-be-released novel in verse, WHEN YOU NEVER SAID GOODBYE, by Meg Kearney, YARN has created an invitational poetry event called “Finding Home.”

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 […]

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Poetry

the hound and the doe, faux

Two poems by teen writer, Sydney Rhaine.

the hound and the doe

she is honey against his fingers //
and something so maybe it burns […]

Poetry

Dying for the One, Color of the Devil

Two poems by teen writer, Catherine Cheng.

Color of the Devil

He came in the variable time of //
summer’s sun and autumn’s breeze […]

Poetry

3 Poems by Heather Truett

Three poems by Heather Truett

Poem in the Paper

The blue lines //
lie blank – //
lie to me //
like fossils on the page […]

Poetry

Silent, Dollhouse

Two poems by teen writer, Kacie Hampton.

Silent

I do not know why, //
or who did this to me. //
I am resigned to it. […]

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. […]

Poetry

3 Poems by YARN Alum, Jacqueline Jules

Three poems by YARN alum, Jacqueline Jules

Watch Me in Water

It doesn’t matter //
that I am large and slow. //
I am majestic. […]

Poetry

Annie’s Windows, “For What It’s Worth”

Two poems by Thomas Michael McDade.

Annie’s Windows

From parking lots she stares //
at dusty windows //
like a pilgrim.

Essays

Francisco X. Stork is Back!

YARN is honored to have the one and only Francisco Stork back in the Essays section, with a reply to his earlier essay “Depressed Not Depressing,” about the process of writing the novel that became “The Memory of Light.” This may sound like a craft essay just for writers, but it’s not–it’s about the human condition, juts like all of Francisco’s memorable writing.

Poetry

3 Poems by Gianna Raimo

Three poems by teen writer, Gianna Raimo

A Dancer’s Decorum

For the dance that we see, //
in a stage jubilee, //
Is the closest thing we have //
to magic.[…]

Interviews

Interview with Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper is one of the young adult authors we at YARN most wanted to talk to this year, and we tracked her down—in Egypt!

What Is YARN?

It's a brilliant thing to have a place where you can read fresh original short stories by both seasoned YA authors and aspiring teens. YARN is a great tool box for growing up writing. - Cecil Castellucci

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YARN is an award-winning literary journal that publishes outstanding original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers, written by the writers you know and love, as well as fresh new voices...including teens.

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