We’re Looking for New Readers and Social Media Managers

YARN is looking for new Readers and Social Media Managers. Candidates can be of any age, and live anywhere in the world. Please have an interest in and knowledge of YA, plus 5-10 hours a week to devote to reading submissions and/or posting to Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. If you join the staff, you will [...]

See You In … April!!

Kerri explains why YARN will take a longer-than-usual break starting this summer.

[...] As usual, as warm June turns to hot July, we are taking a break on publishing new material. This time, though, instead of returning in September, we are going to return in April 2015, reopening for another terrific National Poetry Month, and publishing all the way through Summer 2015! [...]

Interview with Ellen Conford!

This is Kerri here, seizing this AMAZING opportunity to introduce one of my literary heroes, Ellen Conford. When I was a tween and teen, I devoured as much Ellen Conford as I could lay my hands on. At the library, at sidewalk sales, and in bookstores, I would look for her name and when I found new titles, I would immediately place the book in my bag. [...]

Story by Steve Brezenoff is live!

Maybe you’ve heard of Steve Brezenoff? He is is the author of edgy the YA novels “Brooklyn, Burning” and “The Absolute Value of -1,” as well as the super cool Field Trip Mysteries you might have enjoyed in your younger years.

Guy in real LifeHis latest novel is “Guy in Real Life,” and he has sent YARN an exclusive short story about one of the characters! [...]

UPDATE to Fiction Submission Guidelines

Hello Writers!

After a great deal of thinking and discussing, we have decided to close fiction submissions for the summer, effective June 1, 2104 through September 15, 2014.  


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Under Molly’s Star

By Rose Engelfried

The summer I turned fifteen, I changed my name from Bobby to Rob. I tried out for shortstop. And my sister Molly went insane.

School had been out for a week when Molly came home from her first year in the U. Texas space program. I was out in the dry field [...]


WINNER of our Random Word Contest!!!

Our guest judge, none other than John Corey Whaley, said it was “tough” to pick a winner of our Random Word Contest. And we don’t blame him! There were some really excellent entries, and we were super happy that some of you tried to put visuals with your words.




Random Word Contest Entries

Janelle Fila might have been the lucky WINNER of our Random Word Contest, but we think all the entries deserve a little air time. So, in no particular order, here they are [...]


torn from the back of my probstat notebook, Parental Ideologies, & kids

To close National Poetry Month, we have 3 poems by high school freakin’ freshman Jacob Beardsley. The same week we publish Ellen Hopkins. That’s YARN in a nutshell. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!


Exclusive New Poems by Ellen Hopkins

The National Poetry Month party goes on with original poems by bestselling author Ellen Hopkins!

from Sliver

[...]Perhaps it is a shadow//
of tomorrow, something//
forewarned in green//
silhouette, or a slice [...]


Crosswire Bend

For this year’s National Poetry Month, YARN is publishing its first story in verse! And it’s a doozy.

By Heather Meloche

Note from YARN: As you’ll see when you click on the PDF, this story in verse has some very special poetic formatting that would have been impossible to reproduce online, so we PDFed it, and linked to it. Please enjoy it, but do not reproduce it.


Four New Poems by Margarita Engle

As if the interview weren’t enough, we ALSO have four new poems by Margarita Engle!

The Abolitionist Poets of Cuba

Without a free North//
where lawmakers and orators//
could take a stand//
the work fell to poets//
who veiled their opinions [...]


Interview with Margarita Engle

Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. [...]


Three New Poems from YARN alum Jacqueline Jules

A lesson for all writers: RETURN. Show more work to teachers who appreciate you. Call up your long lost writing buddy. Submit again to magazines who have published your previous work. That’s what one of YARN’s favorite poets and alums Jacqueline Jules has done. Seeing a new submission from her in our inbox is always a thrill. We are so pleased to be bringing you three new poems this National Poetry Month.


Holly Thompson Poetry!

What a thrill to have poet and verse novelist Holly Thompson ring in our National Poetry Month festivities with THREE original poems!

The Clearing

it had seemed romantic//
to steal a wooden canoe//
and cross the channel to an island//
in the dark against the tide but [...]


WIN! Enter Today! The Random Word CONTEST!

Find out how to enter our Random Word Contest during National Poetry Month, which will be judged by John Corey Whaley!!

Plus, you know, you can win stuff.

Click here!

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