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Nominees for the 2015 Pushcart Prize

Hello!  We hope you are having a happy holiday season.  We’re taking another short break from our official break to let you know our nominees for the 2105 Pushcart Prize anthology.  For those of you who might not know it, the Pushcarts are the foremost, and most venerable, anthology for small journals.  They pick some of […]


Wow, it’s taken waaaaaayyyy longer for me to post this than I thought it would but, we have TEN–count them, 10!!!–new YARN staffers! Readers and Social Media folks both. Whew.


Pop-Up YARN: Missing Person

Okay, I know we’re not supposed to bring you anything new till April, but we couldn’t resist bringing you this very dark story by Lelac Almagor in October, the month of shorter days and ghosts. Enjoy!

Doree Schultz raised her hand in class and said she was gonna write about a boy who never knew his own father. Everyone rolled their eyes or sucked their teeth because that was Doree for you […]

“Into the Vast” Wins SCBWI Magazine Merit Award!!!

We are so excited to announce that “Into the Vast” by Laura Williams McCaffrey has won the Magazine Merit Award for Fiction! The Magazine Merit awards are given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) every year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Illustration.  Last year, “Swimming Naked” was awarded […]

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Our Father, Who Art in Heaven (Maybe?)

By Jilly Gagnon

We’d already done the hushed-voices, bedside consultation about whether it was time to pull the plugs.

We’d already suffered through the shock—in one of the endless meetings with the doctors during that last week—of learning that P., the woman we thought of […]


Silk and Light Tricks

A short short by high school junior Nicole Mueller

Among the back rooms and dusty halls of the city, a phenomenon had been growing. There were never flyers pinned up or articles in the paper to advertise as other acts had. No, rather word of mouth carried the renown of the show.

The magician was famous for spectacular feats performed worldwide. […]


Sunday Brunch & Pretty Little Teacup

By Keri Lindenmuth

Pretty Little Teacup

pretty little tea

sitting on your



Writing What You Know vs. Writing What You Want to Know

YARN is psyched to have this essay by veteran novelist Liz Fichera, who has something important to share with all of us about writing, diversity, revision, and finding the humanity in your characters.

[…] Something you should know: I am neither a teen nor Native. In fact, on the surface, my background differs greatly from Fred’s. Below the surface, however, I found that while developing and writing Fred, we were more alike than I realized. […]


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 […]

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