Welcome to YARWA!

Here we celebrate all things YA— readers, writers, authors, books, and conventions. We share information, hold online classes, and support each other on the road to publication and beyond. Networking opportunities and a strong, active membership make YARWA a powerful force in the young adult writing community.

So have a look around. . .check out our members pages and how you can become one. Browse through upcoming workshops and latest event news. At YARWA, we’ve always got the creative juices flowing, and this is the place to take your sip! Get inspired and get involved in the wonderful world of young adult literature.


Contest Finalists!

YARWA is proud to announce the finalists for both the 2017 Rosemary Contest and the Athena Contest for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction. CLICK HERE to see the complete list of finalists!

A message from your President

We have tons of fun stuff coming up. Our very first published author contest, The Athena, has launched. Judges are reading great books and will be submitting their scores soon. Finalists will be announced around May 15th and the winners will be announced at the Day of YA in Orlando this summer.
The Rosemary contest for unpublished authors is underway. If you haven’t submitted, polish those manuscripts. The contest closes April 1st. We need lots of judges. The entries are 25 pages. If you’d like to judge, the button is at the bottom of the contest page.
The finalist will be announced around June 1st. Check out our awesome list of final judges. This is the perfect chance to get your manuscript in front of an editor and agent! The winners will be announced at the Day of YA in Orlando this summer.
And speaking of the Day of YA… Danielle has put together an awesome schedule! Have you ever heard Damon Suede give a workshop? Believe me, it’s worth the conference cost just to hear him. And, this year Danielle has arranged for a “speed pitch” session. It’s sort of like speed dating only you’re pitching to agents and editors. And, what about Jennifer Armentrout as our keynote speaker? So happy to have her this year! Check out the rest of the schedule under the Events tab!
All this and fantastic workshops too!
Good luck with your contest entries everybody! Don’t forget to sign up for the Day of YA!
Hope to see you in Orlando!
Mary Karlik, President