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.[…]

2017 Halloween Fiction Contest Winner, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists

We’re thrilled — and chilled — to announce the results of our 2017 Halloween Fiction Contest.

It’s Time to Submit!

Submissions are now open, and we’re eager to read your wonderful short stories, poems, and essays.

Laura’s Marked is out in paperback

We’ve nudged Laura to step up and mention that her novel Marked is now out in paperback.

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Fiction

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. […]

Poetry

3 Poems by Sarah Allen

Three poems by Sarah Allen

The Poet

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

Poetry

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 […]

Essays

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 […]

Fiction

Trifles

~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.[…]

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 […]

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