Interview with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, Authors of Watch Us Rise

To continue to celebrate the release of Watch Us Rise, we were so pleased to offer an interview with Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan.

Watch Us Rise — Outtakes

We’re thrilled to help celebrate the publication of Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan’s fabulous new YA novel “Watch Us Rise.” Renée and Ellen were kind enough to share some outtakes from the novel with us. Take a look — and go find this book!

[…]Look at me. No, no—don’t turn away. See all of this.  All this fat girl curve, this belly, these hips. See me. […]

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.

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Poetry

eulogy for dying pine, anatomy

Two poems by Taylor Fang

anatomy

your faceless blue shadow //
mauled on the water, //
yawning in the waves, //
makes me wonder […]

Fiction

Switchbacks

Our last story for the regular season — keep your eyes open for our Humor Contest winners in the next few weeks. In this lovely, lyrical tale, a troubled girl tries to find her way.

[…]Shani’s untethered, sitting on the side of the road on a dirty Mexican blanket…On the other side of the country, her little brother, Duncan, sleeps locked up in a school for boys.[…]

News

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 […]

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 […]

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