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 Winners

YARWA is proud to announce the winners for both of its 2017 contests! The Rosemary celebrates the best in unpublished YA and NA manuscripts, while The Athena recognizes outstanding YA and NA books published the prior year. CLICK HERE to see the complete list of winners!

A message from your Web-mistress…

Who’s ready for this year’s Day of YA?

Excellent! I see a lot of raised hands out there! Our event, which takes place the Wednesday before the full RWA conference, will be fantastic, so I’m glad you’re coming. Our very own YARWA member Pintip Dunn—a RITA Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling author—will be giving the keynote speech.

And have you ever taken a workshop from Michael Hauge? If not, you are in for a treat as he guides you through his “Brand New” presentation on Identity, Essence, and the Heroine’s Three Journeys. One of the most exciting parts of Day of YA is when we reveal the winners of our contests.

The Athena for published fiction has just closed, but there’s plenty of time to still enter the Rosemary, our signature contest for unpublished manuscripts. Combine all of these great program features with a delicious breakfast, silent auction, and networking opportunities with YARWA members, agents, and editors, and I’m sure you’ll be raising your hand if you hadn’t before! So, what are you waiting for? click on the register button below now to get started!



Learn more about this event.
Check out the scenes from the 2017 Day of YA!.


Julie Shepard, YARWA Web-mistress


2018  Rosemary Contest

Click here to learn more about this contest!

Did you have a book published in 2017?

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

Contest enrollment opens January 2, 2018. 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!

Get Yours Today!