To close National Poetry Month, we have 3 poems by high school freakin’ freshman Jacob Beardsley. The same week we publish Ellen Hopkins. That’s YARN in a nutshell. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!
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!
As we did last year, we’ll be closing our Fiction submissions for the summer. Read the details […]
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. […]
In celebration of National Poetry Month and in honor of YARN’s fifth year of publication, we held a poetry contest this April calling for any and all riffs on the number five. Our guest judge, super-agent, YA author and YARN Alum, John Cusick, had the tough task of picking the winning poems. CLICK TO READ THE WINNERS!
In addition to our 5 Questions series, we are also hosting this full-length interview with the amazing Sarah Darer Littman, whose fourth YA novel Backlash, is out this week!
[…] I wish someone had taught teen me to have the courage of my convictions—and to stick with it, rather than doing what was expected of me. […]
For this year’s National Poetry Month, YARN is publishing its first story in verse! And it’s a doozy.
By Heather Meloche
Note from YARN: As you’ll see when you click on the PDF, this story in verse has some very special poetic formatting that would have been impossible to reproduce online, so we PDFed it, and linked to it. Please enjoy it, but do not reproduce it.
Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. […]
A lesson for all writers: RETURN. Show more work to teachers who appreciate you. Call up your long lost writing buddy. Submit again to magazines who have published your previous work. That’s what one of YARN’s favorite poets and alums Jacqueline Jules has done. Seeing a new submission from her in our inbox is always a thrill. We are so pleased to be bringing you three new poems this National Poetry Month.
By Jessi Shakarian
[…] Better to be cold and scared than warm and safe because you were afraid to do something exciting, Grandpa had told me the day Pa and I boarded the steamship for Seattle. Every time the gusts hit my face, I was certain I would freeze right there and die. I wished I’d known that was the last time I would see him. He died not too long after we left. […]
We’re whetting your appetite for National Poetry Month this week with two beautiful poems by teen writer Eva Rodriguez.
we are called up to the mat two by two//
and bow, kneeling, at the edges of the ring//
at two feet apart we bow standing,//
shake hands// […]