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We are once again OPEN for submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays. Read our guidelines and submit!

Editor in Chief News: Kip Takes the Reins

More exciting masthead news! Kerri is going to take a sabbatical as Editor in Chief for the 2016-2017 publication year, and our fabulous Poetry Editor Kip Rechea Wilson will be the acting Editor in Chief!

YARN’s New Fiction Editor!

We are THRILLED to announce that YARN Alum and award-winning writer-teacher-editor Laura Williams McCaffrey will be our new Fiction Editor.

See you next year!

It’s that time of year again…..Time for the YARN staff to take a break from publishing new material so we can get ready for NEXT season. You know, in 2017. Seems like a long time from now, but it isn’t. […]

Short Story by Debut Novelist Emily Ross!

We were thrilled to shake a story out of YA thriller writer Emily Ross! Here, as a YARN exclusive, is her short fiction debut!

Morgan comes over so late even the stars are nodding off. As I watch for him through the window, it feels like the blinking blue IHOP sign across the street is hypnotizing me. […]

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Poetry Contest! Enchanted Places & Spaces

In honor of World Poetry Day, and inspired by the award-winning memoir, ENCHANTED AIR, by YARN alum, Margarita Engle, YARN has created an invitational poetry event called “Enchanted Places and Spaces.”


Pop-Up!! “Winter For A Year”

Happy 2016! We’re welcoming the new year, and winter, with a Pop-Up short story by a teen writer! Get yourself a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable …

By Caroline MacRae

[…] There was no end to the wasteland of Cape Cod, and my sister seemed to be getting heavier in my arms. I started wondering how long I would last until I collapsed. […]


Pop-Up! 5 Questions for Huntley Fitzpatrick!

With the recent publication of her third novel “The Boy Most Likely To” and her family life (six kids!), Huntley Fitzpatrick is one busy lady! But we were so thrilled she had time to answer five questions for YARN that we are popping up from our fall hiatus to share her answers in a BONUS installment of our 5 Questions series […]


1,000 Kisses by Debut Author Kris Dinnison

What’s summer without a hot new author? Kris Dinnison’s debut YA novel, “You and Me and Him,” just released last month from Houghton Mifflin. It’s about two outsider friends who both crush on the new guy in their small town. It’s a captivating story of music, friendship, and making amends. Here’s a short story from Kris to give you a taste of her writing!


5 Questions for Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton are the coolest thing to hit YA in a long time. Not only are they team writers of the excellent and fabulously reviewed “page-turner with a heart” (says Kirkus) debut novel “Tiny Pretty Things,” […]


VIDEO POEM! “Transition to the Real World”

YARN is thrilled to bring you this end of summer treat–a spoken word poem on video!

By Terese Mason Pierre

Transition to the Real World

In my mind, there was no fear //
That I wouldn’t survive, thrive, //
From the very first day […]


The Foxes

By Marie Iida

Haruna and I were walking home from school, just the two of us like usual on the riverbank road, when the attack began.

“Itai!” cried Haruna, her hand flying to the back of her head where the stinging pebbles had hit her. […]


Exclusive Meg Wiviott Poems!

YARN’s poetry editor, Kip Wilson Rechea, recently met Meg Wiviott at a weekend at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she had the opportunity to hear Meg read from “Paper Hearts,” a gorgeous verse novel that packs an heavy emotional punch.


Small Silences

By Megan Mikhail

It’s four-thirty on a Thursday afternoon, and Julie Evans, who has been my best friend since we were seven and barely conscious of what being a best friend meant, has confessed she is living a lie.

“No, I said we are living a lie,” Julie clarifies.

“What’s the difference?” I ask. “Aren’t you part of us?” […]


Sister Soldier, Live: A Verb

By Anna Ritchie

Sister Soldier

Neither did I realize that you’d be soon to leave me, //
to sleep in your twin size bunk. //
Gray sheets, tucked neatly. //
Formation at zero six hundred. […]


Where There’s Smoke

By Hannah Bell

The gun is cold in Ernie’s hand, heavy with more than just its weight. He looks down at the scrap of paper resting on the table in front of him and reads over the familiar name that’s scratched out in blue pen, as though it might have changed since the last time he looked. […]

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