TWO SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

How excited are we that YARN swept the YA Fiction/Nonfiction category in the 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards!

The first place award went to Laura Lyn Keller for her poignant story of love, loss, and disability, “Finding Someday in the Dark.”

The first runner-up honor went to K.D. Van Brunt for his fast-paced story about a teen finding herself in the midst of violence, “Bang.”


5 Questions for Jennifer Donnelly

This 5 Question interview with Jennifer Donnelly picks up where our last, from 2012, left off–and a lot has happened since then! One of her novels was named a Best YA by TIME Magazine, and she’s published a new fantasy series as well. Read on about this bestselling YA and adult novelist.

YARN Editors on Writer’s Digest!

To help celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, Writer’s Digest invited Kerri, Diana, and Kip to chat. If you’re looking for advice on getting published, commiseration on the writing life, or inside info on trends in YA, this is the interview for you!

Submission News

As we did last year, we’ll be closing our Fiction submissions for the summer. Read the details […]

5 Questions for Lamar Giles

Continuing on in our 5 Questions Series to celebrate YARN’s 5th Anniversary, today we bring you YA crime writer, and YARN alum, Lamar Giles!

[…] What worried me when I was writing “Endangered” was “Fake ID.” “Endangered” was essentially done (rough draft) before “Fake ID” debuted. I had no clue what people would think about my first “big” novel, and was terrified I’d be panned by critics and/or readers. […]

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One in the Belly

By the amazing Steve Brezenoff

Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . .

“Wait,” I say through my clenched teeth, and I shift around on the floor and grab at the bunched-up beach towel under me. It doesn’t do a great job making the tiles of the third-floor girls’ bathroom comfortable.

“Christ, Jelly!” Izzy snaps at me as she flinches. Jelly, by the way, is me. […]


Tomorrow I’ll Miss You

By Catey Miller

Joshua, Texas is officially a Ghost Town. We exceeded the legal limit for the ghost-to-people ratio last night. It’s not a big deal—it’s not like you can do much to drive a ghost out, or threaten one; no one’s doing violence to them, obviously. But in most cases […]


The Last Good Thing

By S. Alexander

“Hey, Adam. New shoes?”

The sound of Naomi’s voice cutting into the quiet of my back-yard scares the ever-loving shit out of me.

“Jesus.” I startle, grabbing onto the rusty chain of the old swing I’m sitting idle on so I don’t fall. I’ve been poking at a huge-ass blister on my heel and it feels like an intrusion on an oddly private moment between me and my foot. […]



By Lauren Wiser

The summer I turned seventeen was my second year lifeguarding at the Village Pool in Millstadt, Illinois, and I still hadn’t saved anyone. Kurt Zoller claimed he saved someone, once— a young girl trying to reach the bottom of the twelve-foot—but Kurt was in college and had worked there much longer. I mostly just sat around on the stand […]


Asian Cinderella

By Linda M.C. Nguyen

My dad was a stern believer that I shouldn’t date until I was done with school and had what he called a stable job. By job, he secretly hoped I would become a medical doctor. So imagine my dilemma when a handsome boy suddenly asked me to prom. I told my parents I was going with a group of friends instead.

Then, to make matters worse, Dad offered to drive me to prom. […]


Our Father, Who Art in Heaven (Maybe?)

By Jilly Gagnon

We’d already done the hushed-voices, bedside consultation about whether it was time to pull the plugs.

We’d already suffered through the shock—in one of the endless meetings with the doctors during that last week—of learning that P., the woman we thought of […]


Silk and Light Tricks

A short short by high school junior Nicole Mueller

Among the back rooms and dusty halls of the city, a phenomenon had been growing. There were never flyers pinned up or articles in the paper to advertise as other acts had. No, rather word of mouth carried the renown of the show.

The magician was famous for spectacular feats performed worldwide. […]


Sunday Brunch & Pretty Little Teacup

By Keri Lindenmuth

Pretty Little Teacup

pretty little tea

sitting on your



Writing What You Know vs. Writing What You Want to Know

YARN is psyched to have this essay by veteran novelist Liz Fichera, who has something important to share with all of us about writing, diversity, revision, and finding the humanity in your characters.

[…] Something you should know: I am neither a teen nor Native. In fact, on the surface, my background differs greatly from Fred’s. Below the surface, however, I found that while developing and writing Fred, we were more alike than I realized. […]


Under Molly’s Star

By Rose Engelfried

The summer I turned fifteen, I changed my name from Bobby to Rob. I tried out for shortstop. And my sister Molly went insane.

School had been out for a week when Molly came home from her first year in the U. Texas space program. I was out in the dry field […]


WINNER of our Random Word Contest!!!

Our guest judge, none other than John Corey Whaley, said it was “tough” to pick a winner of our Random Word Contest. And we don’t blame him! There were some really excellent entries, and we were super happy that some of you tried to put visuals with your words.



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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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