TWO SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

How excited are we that YARN swept the YA Fiction/Nonfiction category in the 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

The first place award went to Laura Lyn Keller for her poignant story of love, loss, and disability, “Finding Someday in the Dark.”

The first runner-up honor went to K.D. Van Brunt for his fast-paced story about a teen finding herself in the midst of violence, “Bang.”


5 Questions for Jennifer Donnelly

This 5 Question interview with Jennifer Donnelly picks up where our last, from 2012, left off–and a lot has happened since then! One of her novels was named a Best YA by TIME Magazine, and she’s published a new fantasy series as well. Read on about this bestselling YA and adult novelist.

YARN Editors on Writer’s Digest!

To help celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, Writer’s Digest invited Kerri, Diana, and Kip to chat. If you’re looking for advice on getting published, commiseration on the writing life, or inside info on trends in YA, this is the interview for you!

Submission News

As we did last year, we’ll be closing our Fiction submissions for the summer. Read the details […]

5 Questions for Lamar Giles

Continuing on in our 5 Questions Series to celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, today we bring you YA crime writer, and YARN alum, Lamar Giles!

[…] What worried me when I was writing “Endangered” was “Fake ID.” “Endangered” was essentially done (rough draft) before “Fake ID” debuted. I had no clue what people would think about my first “big” novel, and was terrified I’d be panned by critics and/or readers. […]

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Exclusive Jacqueline Woodson Poem

Because we are the luckiest YA literary Journal around, we get to share this beautiful poem with you, an outtake from Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. You’re welcome ;-)

How to Eat to Live

When my uncle gets out of jail//
the bacon in our house disappears forever//
Pork is a sin […]


A Childhood, First World Problems

Welcome to National Poetry Month at YARN! AND to our 5th Anniversary year!  What better way to celebrate than with two lovely poems by Genevieve Poe, a 15-year-old writer?

A Childhood

We played hopscotch
With cigarette butts […]


Tribute: Interview with Ellen Conford

Update, 3/27/15: A week ago, Ellen Conford died at her home in Great Neck, NY.  YARN was very sad to get the news, especially since we’d had the pleasure of interviewing her just last year.  As a tribute, we thought we would repost it here, with love and admiration for Mrs. Conford who will always be for us one of the shining stars of YA.


Ellen Conford’s Classic “If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti”

Update, 3/27/15:  A week ago, on Friday, March 20, Ellen Conford died at her home in Great Neck, NY.  We can’t think of a better tribute to this star of YA than to repost this wonderful short story that shows off her trademark humor and insight.  YARN will be thinking fondly of her for a long time to come….


Poetry Pop-Up!

We couldn’t resist one last Pop-Up YARN before our official 2015 season opening in April—partly because we’ve always sent our readers a Valentine (and following tradition, this first poem is an anti-Valentine of sorts), and partly because this second poem evokes winter so strongly and beautifully, we couldn’t bear to publish it when the weather warms. 



A January Pop-Up! Because, you know, we like our readers.

Lynn Vande Stouwe

The second week in January was Winterim, during which students at our second-rate private school could purchase a week of self-discovery for approximately one thousand dollars: camping with Hopi Indians in Arizona, building sweat lodges in Honduras. Most popular were trips […]


Pop-Up YARN: Missing Person

Okay, I know we’re not supposed to bring you anything new till April, but we couldn’t resist bringing you this very dark story by Lelac Almagor in October, the month of shorter days and ghosts. Enjoy!

Doree Schultz raised her hand in class and said she was gonna write about a boy who never knew his own father. Everyone rolled their eyes or sucked their teeth because that was Doree for you […]


“Into the Vast” Wins SCBWI Magazine Merit Award!!!

We are so excited to announce that “Into the Vast” by Laura Williams McCaffrey has won the Magazine Merit Award for Fiction! The Magazine Merit awards are given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) every year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Illustration.  Last year, “Swimming Naked” was awarded […]


One in the Belly

By the amazing Steve Brezenoff

Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . .

“Wait,” I say through my clenched teeth, and I shift around on the floor and grab at the bunched-up beach towel under me. It doesn’t do a great job making the tiles of the third-floor girls’ bathroom comfortable.

“Christ, Jelly!” Izzy snaps at me as she flinches. Jelly, by the way, is me. […]


Tomorrow I’ll Miss You

By Catey Miller

Joshua, Texas is officially a Ghost Town. We exceeded the legal limit for the ghost-to-people ratio last night. It’s not a big deal—it’s not like you can do much to drive a ghost out, or threaten one; no one’s doing violence to them, obviously. But in most cases […]


The Last Good Thing

By S. Alexander

“Hey, Adam. New shoes?”

The sound of Naomi’s voice cutting into the quiet of my back-yard scares the ever-loving shit out of me.

“Jesus.” I startle, grabbing onto the rusty chain of the old swing I’m sitting idle on so I don’t fall. I’ve been poking at a huge-ass blister on my heel and it feels like an intrusion on an oddly private moment between me and my foot. […]

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