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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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 […]


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 😉


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


Interview with Cindy Pon

We’re thrilled to share this interview with Cindy Pon, author of several YA fantasies and the near-future thriller, “Want”! Read on to find out more about Cindy and her work.


How to Help Your Best Friend Bury Her Mother

When Lily asks you if you like the black-and-white, smile and nod. The way she gathers the fabric in her arms like an infant tells you she’s probably more attached to this one than the sapphire or violet. […]


Pastiche, Blu-Ray

Two poems by Anna Cates


between July and gin //
the open window //
and the images within […]


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.[…]


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. […]


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 […]

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