Kerri’s Debut Novel!

YARN loves to celebrate when one of it’s own staff or alums had exciting news, and this certainly qualifies: My debut novel about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy will be published by Berkley in 2018!

New Roles for Laura & Lourdes!

We’re thrilled to announce that two YARN MVPs will be taking on new and exciting responsibilities next year!

Halloween Fiction Contest – Submissions Now Open

    Submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest With a thrill of fear and anticipation, we officially announce that submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest. Channel your muses and mediums, your forebears and fortunetellers, your terrorizers and tricksters. A reminder of the contest details: The fabulous Rin Chupeco, author of the […]

Halloween Fiction Contest, judged by Rin Chupeco

We at YARN are thrilled to announce that Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch series, will judge our Halloween Fiction Contest.

We invite writers to submit stories in honor of the season ~

Thanks for a Great Season

With summer already in full swing, it’s time to wrap up another fantastic season at YARN.

Check out some of the 2017 season highlights and find out what’s in the pipeline!

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Poetry

want as/an ocean, red pears

Two poems by teen writer, Mia Nelson

red pears

good god the earth is mad //
with sweet things, with pickable //
beauty […]

Poetry

Same Old Story, Dear Wife

Two poems by teen writer, Minh Truong

Same Old Story

Oh yes, //
so terrified of the power you could wreak, //
He clipped your wings […]

Fiction

Outtake from “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”

Because we are the luckiest YA literary Journal around, we get to share this fabulous scene with you, an outtake from Mackenzi Lee’s “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.” You’re welcome 😉

Essays

Cutting Locks

It’s such a pleasure to bring you an essay about teen friendship written from the trenches, by a teen. This moving #ownvoices piece will change the way you feel about “essays” – they’re not just for English class!

By Tina Sang

Jenna wasn’t your conventionally pretty person. Her personality blared […]

Fiction

PoopBoy + MermaidMurmur

[…] MermaidMurmur: i don’t think ur grasping the weirdness.

PoopBoy: I’m grasping it. And I’m saying you’re overreacting. You probably just wish you were running lines with Football Tristan. […]

Poetry

Why Russia Doesn’t Keep a Diary, To Those Who Died at my Funeral

Two poems by Mariah Stewart

Let tears fall for me and //
trickle through spider web cracks //
drip into the Volga scarlet […]

Interviews

Interview with Cindy Pon

We’re thrilled to share this interview with Cindy Pon, author of several YA fantasies and the near-future thriller, “Want”! Read on to find out more about Cindy and her work.

Fiction

How to Help Your Best Friend Bury Her Mother

When Lily asks you if you like the black-and-white, smile and nod. The way she gathers the fabric in her arms like an infant tells you she’s probably more attached to this one than the sapphire or violet. […]

Poetry

Pastiche, Blu-Ray

Two poems by Anna Cates

Pastiche

between July and gin //
the open window //
and the images within […]

Fiction

Lily Lake

A hiking trip goes wrong in “Lily Lake” by Susan Fox.
[…]But Julia didn’t say anything this time because she could tell Logan was annoyed. She hated that she could distinguish Logan’s moods, like she was Logan’s own personal mood ring.[…]

Poetry

3 Poems by Joe Bisicchia

Three poems by Joe Bisicchia

Pair of Tickets

[…] Cracked bat. //
Eyes going back, back, back. //
Talk of fences and why they’re so high. […]

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