Our Pushcart Prize Nominees

Once again, we’re thrilled to announce our nominees for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Celebrating YARN Alums

We wanted to highlight some of the new YA novels some of our fantastic alums have released in 2018. Perhaps one of these would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list!

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.

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.

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.[…]

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Poetry

Dressing up as Groucho Marx, Rain

Two poems by Kelly Wisdom

Rain

Sheltered, I sit //
beneath a saturated sky. //
A hundred perfect watery circles //
pound politely on the windshield. […]

Fiction

The Game

Kat, Nick, and Robbie face tough fights — and try to find the best way to win.

The bottle left on the kitchen counter is never a good sign.[…]

Poetry

3 Poems by Cindy Baldwin

Three poems by Cindy Baldwin

Redemption

you wake //
to the tarry sky outside, an echo //
of the heaviness in your arms […]

Poetry

Storm, A Castle by the Sea

Two poems by Gina Pasciuto

Storm

she’s a force //
to be reckoned with //
a toss of her cascading hair […]

Fiction

Don’t Look Down

In “Don’t Look Down,” you’ve got to face your worst fears — whether you want to or not.

White walls are nothing but trouble. Trust me. I’ve woken up in enough hospitals to know this by heart.[…]

News

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.

Fiction

From Autumn to June

In this powerful story by YARN alum Elizabeth Maria Naranjo, a young girl tries to make sense of a family secret.

[…]Maybe if you were here it would have been different. We’d talk about things.[…]

Poetry

I guess it’s time to write about the death of black bodies, formless

Two poems by Mya Nunnally

formless

I wish I was still afraid of the dark. //
that I didn’t know what rests in swirling cloaks of black […]

Fiction

Kleptomania

Maybelle could not see over the feathered ears of the owl in her lap.

Poetry

paper lives, femme fatale

Two poems by Caitlin Thomson

paper lives

a desperate heartbeat shakes her paper frame //
and falling rain dissolves her […]

Fiction

Habits

Jess begins to wonder which habits to keep and which to break.

“I really don’t think cocaine is vegan.”[…]

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