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.[…]

2017 Halloween Fiction Contest Winner, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists

We’re thrilled — and chilled — to announce the results of our 2017 Halloween Fiction Contest.

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.

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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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

News

Finding Home Contest Winners

Please join us in congratulating the winner and runners-up in our Finding Home poetry contest!

The winners Meg Kearney chose include a verse novelist, a published poet, and a teen writer.

Poetry

3 Poems by Callie R. Tullos

Three poems by Callie R. Tullos

i

[…]
i drowned in ferocious fields of foliage //
i killed myself slowly //
i went painfully unnoticed //
i slipped through the cracks […]

News

Outtakes from “Ronit and Jamil”

Outtakes by Pam Laskin.

We at YARN are thrilled to welcome Pam Laskin, author of the YA novel in verse, “Ronit and Jamil.”

Read on as Pam shares more about the story as well as some excerpts of this Palestinian/Israeli retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Poetry

teenager, endymion

Two poems by teen writer, Ezra Lebovitz.

teenager

we’re as good as it gets and //
they can cast us nasty //
looks call us vagrants we know //
better cause tonight i don’t care […]

Poetry

3 Poems by Mary E. Cronin

Three poems by Mary E. Cronin

Immigrant Nurse, 1930

You really need to get a grip //
You giggled along with the girls last night […]

News

Outtakes from “When You Never Said Goodbye”

Outtakes by Meg Kearney

from “When You Never Said Goodbye”

I’m reaching for your //
hand. Let there be //
no more anguish […] //

Poetry

A Writer’s Muse

A Writer’s Muse by teen writer, Simran Chandaria.

[…] You are empty spaces, //
chasms of comfort //
that embrace each word. […]

Fiction

Scar/City

In this #ownvoices story by Diego Salinas, “Scar/City,” we glimpse a very real world in disarray — with stunning illustrations by María Octavia Russo.

He longs for arepas, but he won’t queue. Not him. Not his mother. They will stand their ground. They won’t humiliate themselves. They can resist. He wonders how many pounds he’s got left before he caves in.[…]

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