About YARN

Our Mission

To publish the highest quality creative writing for young adult readers, ages 14-18, and those in other age groups who enjoy young adult literature.  YARN features short fiction, creative essays, poetry, and author interviews.  We also hope to encourage discussions about published work through the Comments area.  We seek to discover new teen writers and publish them alongside established writers of the YA genre.

Our History

Back in the winter of 2008, Kerri started writing a short story for young adults. After a little online research, she discovered how few venues exist for such writing.  That story became a novel, so she didn’t wind up needing a YA literary journal, but ever since then, she’s wanted to start a journal that featured YA writing.  After talking about it on-and-off with writer friends like Shannon, Kerri decided it was time to make the dream a reality in the summer of 2009.

Our Style

Since Shannon, Kerri, and Colleen are all teachers, we thought some of our readers would like to know about the style choices we’ve made for YARN. In particular, we’re adhering to the formatting for titles, paragraphing, and such that you would see on the  “New York Times” online edition.

Our Thanks

The YARN website would not have been possible without the help of Nandini Kotha, who designed our banner and got the original site up and running. Or without the technological and moral support of Mike Majors and Jason Marshall.  Thanks also to Laura White, whose energy and ideas helped make YARN a reality.

Our Design

YARN is powered by WordPress using the Swift theme by Satish Gandham, a product of SwiftThemes.Com. Thanks Satish.

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

Imagine. Envision. Write. Revise. Submit. Read.

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.

So. What's your YARN?

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