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.[…]

One of Our Humor Contest Runners-Up — Citrus and Ash

One of our wonderful Humor Contest Runners-Up, “Citrus and Ash.”

Geoffrey lifted the knocker and brought it down on the witch’s door. Three short authoritative raps to get the job done.[…]

The 2018 Fiction Humor Contest Results are In!

Submissions were sent. Stories were compiled and read by our readers. Laughter, giggles, and snorts ensued. Choices were narrowed down. Nisha Sharma selected the three best pieces. Which means… The time has finally come to share the results of our FIRST EVER Fiction Humor Contest! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit […]

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.

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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.”[…]

Poetry

Moving and Paper Planes, The Greenhouse

Two poems by Jacqueline Peveto

The Greenhouse

Sometimes //
I wish I were made of leaves //
or cashmere yarn. […]

Fiction

The Fish Suicide

Robbie asks himself again and again — why did I love this girl?

Fifteen minutes ago I was awoken by my phone buzzing…I reached for it, answering without looking at the caller. “Jerome killed himself,” said the tear-muffled voice of the ex-girl-of-my-dreams.[…]

Poetry

How to Tell Astronomy from Astrology, The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Two poems by teen poet Fiona Warnick
Sometimes my tears drip, and you would //
compare them to moonlight and be pleased with yourself. […]

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