YARWA is proud to announce the 2018 winners for both the Athena and Rosemary contests for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction. CLICK HERE to see the complete list of contest winners!

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A message from your President…

Day of YA 2018

YARWAThis year’s sold out Day of YA was one of the very best. Pintip Dunn’s emotional keynote speech was inspiring as she shared her heroine’s journey to publication. Our panel of editors and agents answered questions and updated us on the publishing world as it relates to the Young Adult category in an interesting and often humorous way. Anybody write Mary Stewart-ish YA? Send it to Kristin Nelson—stat. Michael Hague delivered a stellar workshop on Identity, Essence, and the Heroine’s Three Journeys.

We also presented the winners of The Athena and The Rosemary. Congratulations to the finalists and winners of both of these contest.

As wonderful as the Day of YA was, none of it would have happened if not for the many volunteers who helped set up and clean up the event. Thank you for giving your time to come in early and stay late to help with the Day of YA. Thank you Lea Nolan for making the flower pins and to Rowena Hacker for making the beautiful cards.

Last, I want to thank our VP of Programs, Christine Gunderson. She put in many, many hours planning our Day of YA. The result was beautiful table decorations, amazing swag, and a stellar program. It was perfect.

I can’t wait until next year!
Mary Karlik
YARWA President

Did you attend this years Day of YA? Please send your pictures to so that we could post them to our website.

2019  Rosemary Contest

Click here to learn more about this contest!

Calling All Published Authors!

The Athena Contest awards excellence in published Young Adult & New Adult fiction

CLICK HERE to learn more

YARWA Chapter pins

Requests have been coming in for our adorable YARWA pin, so instead of waiting for Nationals, we’ve decided to offer them now!

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