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.

Kerri’s Debut Novel!

YARN loves to celebrate when one of it’s own staff or alums had exciting news, and this certainly qualifies: My debut novel about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy will be published by Berkley in 2018!

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 […]

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Fiction

Lily Lake

A hiking trip goes wrong in “Lily Lake” by Susan Fox.
[…]But Julia didn’t say anything this time because she could tell Logan was annoyed. She hated that she could distinguish Logan’s moods, like she was Logan’s own personal mood ring.[…]

Poetry

3 Poems by Joe Bisicchia

Three poems by Joe Bisicchia

Pair of Tickets

[…] Cracked bat. //
Eyes going back, back, back. //
Talk of fences and why they’re so high. […]

Poetry

Dancer’s Love Letter, After You’re Gone

Two poems by teen writer, Audrey Lee

After You’re Gone

[…] I’m not ready anymore. It’s autumn and //
dead leaves bury me. My limbs are tied […]

Fiction

Beneath the Call of the Sea

[…] The ocean called to her, its voice soft and crooning. The waves pined for her like a mother, or maybe those were her own desires she heard. […]

Interviews

Interview with Jeff Zentner

We’re thrilled to share this interview with Jeff Zentner! Read on to find out more about the author and his award-winning work.

Fiction

Cold Cereal and Morning Revelations

Talented teen writer James Chang offers a brief glimpse into a family’s unraveling with “Cold Cereal and Morning Revelations.”
[…] You stare back, but I know you aren’t actually looking at me. Your thoughts are elsewhere, miles away. Like seeds flung onto fresh soil.[…]

Poetry

Short Changing

Short Changing by Jada Elder-Wilkerson

[…] My collarbones carry the cosmos, //
spine an extended metaphor, //
although my physical entity only encloses shallow pools. […]

Poetry

Mi parada de autobús, Jiffy-Lube

Two poems by Mackenzie Vanover

Mi parada de autobús

[…] He, //
ageless, //
stole her with eternal-onyx eyes […]

Fiction

Safety Measures

In this gentle story by Melissa Ostrom, Malory strives to launch into adulthood and freedom.

[…] The prospect of the woods’ fate—strangers halving it and tearing down trees for an ugly, dry lawn and an ugly, new house—gave me one more reason to look forward to going away to college in a year. […]

Fiction

Structured Reality

In Ali Boston’s short story debut, “Structured Reality,” Casey Walker lives in a dystopian city where she aims to be a star, no matter the cost.

[…] I’m still trying to let Jonty’s idea sink in. This wasn’t how our story was supposed to go. […]

Poetry

On Coping, Building Supernovae

Two poems by teen writer, Kiran Damodaran

Building Supernovae

[…] Supernova //
is messy blue-streaked blond hair, //
tattoos kissing wrists like birth marks […]

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