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.[…]

Crowned

To open our 2017 season, we have an #ownvoices story by the multi-talented Imani Josey — Robyn wants to win the Miss Teen City on the Lake Pageant, but only on her own terms.
[…] Why do you want to be Miss Teen City on the Lake? I sat for a moment, blinking, wondering what would be the best way to answer that. […]

World Poetry Day 2017

Happy World Poetry Day from all of us at YARN! In celebration, today marks the day we open for submissions to our Finding Home poetry contest. We can’t wait to read your entries!

Our 2017 Season Is Here!

Happy almost-Spring! We at YARN could not be more thrilled about all the goodies we have coming your way in the upcoming 2017 season.

FINDING HOME Poetry Contest

In honor of World Poetry Day, and inspired by the soon-to-be-released novel in verse, WHEN YOU NEVER SAID GOODBYE, by Meg Kearney, YARN has created an invitational poetry event called “Finding Home.”

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#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.

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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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Outtakes from “Like Water on Stone”

Outtakes by Dana Walrath.

from “Like Water on Stone”

Together we pray for a time //
when it will be safe //
for our grandchild to know //
his mother was Armenian. […]

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Poetry Peddlers Anonymous

Poem by Micah Cronin.

Poetry Peddlers Anonymous

Then you will paint them a mural instead, //
with every color you know.[…]

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Haiku by Verse Novelist, Leza Lowitz

Haiku by Leza Lowitz.

The Single Pine

everything //
I want to become, //
frozen at 2:46 […]

Poetry

Paper Planes, The Seven Seas

Two poems by teen writer, Noor Dhingra.

The Seven Seas

There is a strange and //
eerie line //
that divides the //
oceans[…]

Interviews

Chat with Verse Novelists, Leza Lowitz and Dana Walrath

To kick off the first day of National Poetry Month, YARN staffers Kip, Justin, and Lourdes sat down for a chat with verse novelists, Leza Lowitz and Dana Walrath, who were both out in Los Angeles for AWP.

News

Interview with Nova Ren Suma

YARN is honored to share this interview with one of our favorite young adult authors, Nova Ren Suma. Her award-winning, NYT-bestselling book, “The Walls Around Us,” releases in paperback today!

Fiction

New Story by YARN Alum

We’re welcoming back YARN alum Laura Williams McCaffrey, who has a brand new book! “Marked,” a dystopian mixed-media fantasy for kids, was published by Clarion Books last month; Kirkus calls it “an original, textured page-turner.” […]

Interviews

Interview with Nova Ren Suma

YARN is honored to share this interview with one of our favorite young adult authors, Nova Ren Suma. Her award-winning, NYT-bestselling book, “The Walls Around Us,” releases in paperback today!

News

From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month

From World Poetry Day to National Poetry Month, the next few days and weeks are a poet’s dream. Here at YARN, we are celebrating with all kinds of poetic goodies in the pipeline.

What Is YARN?

It's a brilliant thing to have a place where you can read fresh original short stories by both seasoned YA authors and aspiring teens. YARN is a great tool box for growing up writing. - Cecil Castellucci

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YARN is an award-winning literary journal that publishes outstanding original short fiction, poetry, and essays for Young Adult readers, written by the writers you know and love, as well as fresh new voices...including teens.

We also believe in feedback, which is why we encourage readers to post comments on pieces that inspire thought, emotion, laughter...or whatever.

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