General Submissions Close for the Summer

General submissions are now closed, but we’ll have lots of great stories and poems for you to keep reading through July, including our announcement of our Humor Contest Winners.

Interview with Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely’s “Tradition” explores the ways young men help create and perpetuate rape culture, as well as fight it in alliance with young women. We’re thrilled he agreed to talk about his work.

And We Have a Winner!

The time has come to announce the winner of our Surprise National Poetry Month Giveaway!

Let the Humor Begin!

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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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2017 Halloween Fiction Contest Winner, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists

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

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It’s Time to Submit!

Submissions are now open, and we’re eager to read your wonderful short stories, poems, and essays.

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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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Kerri’s Debut Novel!

YARN loves to celebrate when one of it’s own staff or alums had exciting news, and this certainly qualifies: My debut novel about Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy will be published by Berkley in 2018!

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New Roles for Laura & Lourdes!

We’re thrilled to announce that two YARN MVPs will be taking on new and exciting responsibilities next year!

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Halloween Fiction Contest – Submissions Now Open

    Submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest With a thrill of fear and anticipation, we officially announce that submissions are open for our Halloween Fiction Contest. Channel your muses and mediums, your forebears and fortunetellers, your terrorizers and tricksters. A reminder of the contest details: The fabulous Rin Chupeco, author of the […]

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Halloween Fiction Contest, judged by Rin Chupeco

We at YARN are thrilled to announce that Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch series, will judge our Halloween Fiction Contest.

We invite writers to submit stories in honor of the season ~

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Thanks for a Great Season

With summer already in full swing, it’s time to wrap up another fantastic season at YARN.

Check out some of the 2017 season highlights and find out what’s in the pipeline!

Interviews

Interview with Anna-Marie McLemore

We at YARN caught up with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of two absolutely lovely award-winners and the soon-to-be-released, “Wild Beauty.” Read on to find out more about Anna-Marie and her work.

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Red Velvet Cupcake

Aashna must choose between what her family thinks she should want and what she needs.

A month after she thought she was getting better, Aashna had the inexplicable headache again. […]

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