YARN Garners Several SCBWI Magazine Merits!!

Woot! We did it again 😉

The SCBWI Magazine Merit awards for 2106 are out, and YARN has again swept top awards in the YA fiction/nonfiction category.

YARN Bids a Fond Farewell

Wow, this is one HARD post to write.

Really hard!

So I’m just going to come right out with it: Our beloved Fiction Editor of three years is handing in her blue pen. […]

Francisco X. Stork is Back!

YARN is honored to have the one and only Francisco Stork back in the Essays section, with a reply to his earlier essay “Depressed Not Depressing,” about the process of writing the novel that became “The Memory of Light.” This may sound like a craft essay just for writers, but it’s not–it’s about the human condition, juts like all of Francisco’s memorable writing.

#EnchantedYARN Contest Winners

Please join us in congratulating the winner and runners-up in our #EnchantedYARN poetry contest!
The winners Margarita Engle chose include a YARN Alum, a published poet, and a writer just sending out her first novel.

2-7-15, Letters to No One

Two poems by teen writer, Kathryn Hasson.

Letters to No One

Because it’s 12:00 am and the stars outside are beautiful //
They’re freaking amazing //
And I can’t sleep, because it’s 12:00 am […]

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Fiction

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. […]

Poetry

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.

Fiction

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?” […]

Poetry

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. […]

Fiction

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. […]

Fiction

We Never Get To Talk Anymore

By Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

I get lost counting pockmarks in the ceiling tiles. Under my pillow, the cell phone buzzes and I tap the snooze bar without looking. I can’t lose count. Fifty-three, fifty-four, zzzz, zzzz. Tap. I’m too heavy to get up.

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Poetry

4 Poems by Rex Ybañez

Four poems by Rex Ybañez

Immortal Childhood

Sleeping in the garden temple, //
the young boy still dreams //
about the river […]

Essays

The 3AM Taxi

Debut YA author K. C. Tansley (who’s already been around the adult publishing block as Kourtney Heinz) is getting great reviews on her supernatural murder mystery “The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts”

Here she reveals to YARN a scary real-life moment in her life when her safety, and her bff relationship with her college roommate, was at stake.

Poetry

We Freaks, Breathe

Two poems by teen writer Lindsey Woodbury.

Breathe

Because it’s better to be plastic //
And feel nothing at all. //
Than it is to be glass […]

Fiction

Draco Dracones

By Anj Dockrey

[…] Shaoreaux. He’s nineteen, and he has blue eyes and shaggy black hair. He’s short for a boy, and not very muscley . . . athletic. Dad says he’s the smartest student he’s ever had, and he’s good at cleaning and really good at cooking. He’s also teaching me the ancient art of Dracongei. […]

Poetry

Mantralayam*

By teen writer Meghana Myesore
This is where //
the sinners come //
to relieve themselves of immorality. […]

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