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. […]

Winners! The #yarn5 Contest!

In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of YARN’s fifth year of publication, we held a poetry contest this April calling for any and all riffs on the number five. Our guest judge, super-agent, YA author and YARN Alum, John Cusick, had the tough task of picking the winning poems. CLICK TO READ THE WINNERS!

Interview with Sarah Darer Littman

In addition to our 5 Questions series, we are also hosting this full-length interview with the amazing Sarah Darer Littman, whose fourth YA novel Backlash, is out this week!

[…] I wish someone had taught teen me to have the courage of my convictions—and to stick with it, rather than doing what was expected of me. […]

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torn from the back of my probstat notebook, Parental Ideologies, & kids

To close National Poetry Month, we have 3 poems by high school freakin’ freshman Jacob Beardsley. The same week we publish Ellen Hopkins. That’s YARN in a nutshell. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!


Exclusive New Poems by Ellen Hopkins

The National Poetry Month party goes on with original poems by bestselling author Ellen Hopkins!

from Sliver

[…]Perhaps it is a shadow//
of tomorrow, something//
forewarned in green//
silhouette, or a slice […]


Crosswire Bend

For this year’s National Poetry Month, YARN is publishing its first story in verse! And it’s a doozy.

By Heather Meloche

Note from YARN: As you’ll see when you click on the PDF, this story in verse has some very special poetic formatting that would have been impossible to reproduce online, so we PDFed it, and linked to it. Please enjoy it, but do not reproduce it.


Four New Poems by Margarita Engle

As if the interview weren’t enough, we ALSO have four new poems by Margarita Engle!

The Abolitionist Poets of Cuba

Without a free North//
where lawmakers and orators//
could take a stand//
the work fell to poets//
who veiled their opinions […]


Interview with Margarita Engle

Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. […]


Three New Poems from YARN alum Jacqueline Jules

A lesson for all writers: RETURN. Show more work to teachers who appreciate you. Call up your long lost writing buddy. Submit again to magazines who have published your previous work. That’s what one of YARN’s favorite poets and alums Jacqueline Jules has done. Seeing a new submission from her in our inbox is always a thrill. We are so pleased to be bringing you three new poems this National Poetry Month.


Holly Thompson Poetry!

What a thrill to have poet and verse novelist Holly Thompson ring in our National Poetry Month festivities with THREE original poems!

The Clearing

it had seemed romantic//
to steal a wooden canoe//
and cross the channel to an island//
in the dark against the tide but […]


WIN! Enter Today! The Random Word CONTEST!

Find out how to enter our Random Word Contest during National Poetry Month, which will be judged by John Corey Whaley!!

Plus, you know, you can win stuff.

Click here!


The Claim

By Jessi Shakarian

[…] Better to be cold and scared than warm and safe because you were afraid to do something exciting, Grandpa had told me the day Pa and I boarded the steamship for Seattle. Every time the gusts hit my face, I was certain I would freeze right there and die. I wished I’d known that was the last time I would see him. He died not too long after we left. […]


In Like a Lion & The Sound that Afternoon

We’re hoping your own March is going out like a lamb, but this first poem by Suzanne Kamata will remind you of just two weeks ago, and the days you’re likely glad to see behind you.

In Like a Lion

Because March mornings//
were so blustery// […]


Tai-otochi & Railfanning

We’re whetting your appetite for National Poetry Month this week with two beautiful poems by teen writer Eva Rodriguez.

we are called up to the mat two by two//
and bow, kneeling, at the edges of the ring//
at two feet apart we bow standing,//
shake hands// […]

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