Outtakes from “The Poet X”

Because we are the luckiest YA literary Journal around, we get to share these fabulous outtakes with you from Elizabeth Acevedo’s “The Poet X.” Happy reading!

​2018 – Poetic, Humoristic, and Beyond!

Welcome to the 2018 season of YARN! Compared to last year, we are teasing our forthcoming season a bit earlier. Why, you may ask?

Our 2018 Pushcart Nominees

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s nominees for the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

At the End of the World

One of our two fabulous Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Halloween Fiction Contest – a gripping story about a monstrous future.

The only thing worse than a Nazi skinhead is a Nazi skinhead at the end of the world[…]

The Survey

Enjoy the winner of our Halloween Fiction Contest judged by the brilliant Rin Chupeco.
My father doesn’t believe in the afterlife. You die and then you’re dirt is what he says, and he’s not a big fan of dirt.[…]

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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!


Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore

We at YARN caught up with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of two absolutely lovely award-winners and the soon-to-be-released, “Wild Beauty.” Read on to find out more about Anna-Marie and her work.


Red Velvet Cupcake

Aashna must choose between what her family thinks she should want and what she needs.

A month after she thought she was getting better, Aashna had the inexplicable headache again. […]


3 Poems by Sarah Allen

Three poems by Sarah Allen

The Poet

[…] Darling, just turn me into something worth reading.


Breaths Underwater, I Remember

Two poems by teen writer, Jacy Duan

I Remember

If only I could still taste your breath //
And touch your whispers //
And smell your warm, velvet skin […]


Letters to Frida

Essays is back with another gorgeous and startling #ownvoices piece by Ana Santos, ambitiously told in letters to her idol, Frida Kahlo.

I’ve never really liked the idea of words; to me they seem so naked and contrary to drawings and paintings that are beautiful mixtures of colors and secrets […]



~YARN alum Heather Smith Meloche’s story of complicated sisterly love and tough choices ~ […]Gracie might be my older sister, but she don’t take care of me like no older sister I know.[…]


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 […]

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