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Nominees for the 2015 Pushcart Prize

Hello!  We hope you are having a happy holiday season.  We’re taking another short break from our official break to let you know our nominees for the 2105 Pushcart Prize anthology.  For those of you who might not know it, the Pushcarts are the foremost, and most venerable, anthology for small journals.  They pick some of […]


Wow, it’s taken waaaaaayyyy longer for me to post this than I thought it would but, we have TEN–count them, 10!!!–new YARN staffers! Readers and Social Media folks both. Whew.


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 […]

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Small Change

By Deb Vlock

One night in the slow, hot crawl of late summer, our cat spontaneously combusted. This was a few hours after I spied hundreds of cicada shells heaped in a derelict pile amongst the previous autumn’s leaves, over by the garage, and the air shimmered with insect calls – cicada sex […]



By Jessie Atkin

I told her I was going over to Kate’s house to bake, so in a court of law, under every technicality in the book, I wasn’t lying.

I was being as honest as any teenager can be with her parents. Truth be told, if any of us told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, a whole generation would get locked up for its own safety. […]



By Jessica Gregg

He sent me a picture of his knee. His knee of all things. Wide and freckled. The blond hairs a near-neon white because he was so tan. But really a knee of no great variety.

A knee.

ha ha i knee-d to know y u sent that, I wrote him. […]


The Listener, First Love

Our first poems of 2014 are by nineteen-year-old college freshman, Sia Tiong Hua.

The Listener

Some days//
you bring rain reminiscent of tears//
and on others//
it is the seasonal downfall//
the monsoon. […]


Finding Someday in the Dark

By Laura Keller

I never would’ve guessed that I’d be tinkering with thoughts of Rafferty Long on that night of the apocalyptic ice storm; I’d sworn off thinking about him when we hit the middle of eleventh grade, about a year after his accident. […]


Long’s Division

Have you ever discovered a debut author whom you just know is “one to watch”? We have! Lamar Giles is an exciting new voice in YA crime fiction. He’s the author of the soon-to-release YA thriller FAKE ID […]

YARN is thrilled to introduce you to Lamar Giles and to present his long short story, “Long’s Division.” […]



By Noah Weisz

[…] And then, with a jolt, Sarah realized that sooner or later the police would find this man. This stranger, who was older by far than any human she had ever seen, older than nature usually allowed—certainly older than any of the stories she had ever been told, older than the history she was taught in school. He was practically from another world. They would string him up in the square […]


A Window-Colored Sky

By Layla Carr

She sat in the desk closest to the window, at the end of the third row.  Her eyes were big and dark and her fingers were constantly moving—running over the surface of her desk, tapping her pencil, pushing through her hair.  When we went around on the first day of European History […]


A Poet to Her Poetry, A Heated Teakettle

Two poems by teen writer Alison Rollman

A Poet to Her Poetry
Inspired by Anne Bradstreet’s “The Author to Her Book”

I create an ice-rink fantasy world//
With the flick of my pencil,//
The snub of my burnt-out, blackened eraser bit,//
The chit-chatter//
Of my cereal crumb computer keys. […}


Eagle, Image of a Dog, Oxygen

By Cheryl Lawton Malone

Image of a Dog

Two boys and a girl//
on a beach//
walking their dog,//
not far from the missiles,//
that promise to cut//
their feet like slivered shells. […]


Push Up

Jenny Torres Sanchez’s novels “The Downside of Being Charlie,” and her most recent, “Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia” combine humor and heart to combat death, growing up, and change in new, original perspectives with a massive side of music.

YARN is beyond pleased to share with you this original short story by Jenny, “Push Up.”

Chanchito’s pops got cuffed and hauled away today. The whole neighborhood saw it. But, s’nothing new. We used to seeing cops. We used to seeing our parents dragged outta here […]

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