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.

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 […]

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The sunset is russet //
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it’s ok

brushing away //
the tears and //
blaming them on //
the clouds ahead […]

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And We Have a Winner!

The time has come to announce the winner of our Surprise National Poetry Month Giveaway!

Fiction

FINO

“FINO” by Maryann Jacob Macias asks who ARE your real friends and allies?

[…]Maybe Rosa and I were part of her flair. The brown bread flanking her white meat sandwich. Sasha considered herself quite the rabble rouser.[…]

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Let the Humor Begin!

It’s May 1st, and you know what that means?

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Help Us Spread the YARN

Are you an avid YA reader?

Do you already spread a copious amount of your virtual  existence on social media?

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I Haunt My Own Crops, Welcomed Weeds

Two poems by Sara Perkins

Welcomed Weeds

Your body is my roadmap, every //
mole a destination and every line //
and crevice a path […]

Blog

National Poetry Month Surprise!

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, we have a big surprise that might or might not include … a giveaway!

Poetry

Broken Houses, Just Across the Hall

Two poems by Jenny Belardi

Just Across the Hall

Sybil’s room, just across the hall //
and under the same roof, //
is a world away. […]

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