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Karen Yin
Karen Yin

Karen Yin is an American author of Chinese descent. She has written two picture books: WHOLE WHALE (Barefoot Books, May 2021), an animal-filled tale about making space for all, and SO NOT GHOUL (Page Street Kids, 2022), an own-voices story about fitting in. Acclaim for her fiction includes a Lambda Literary Fellowship (LGBTQ+), a Table 4 Writers Foundation grant, an SCBWI Nonfiction Grant, and selection of her flash fiction by the L.A. Public Library for its permanent collection and Short Story Portal. Prior, Karen was the senior copywriter and head of editorial at an ad agency, whose clients included Disney, Pixar, Fox, DreamWorks, Universal, and Warner Bros. In 2015, Karen founded Conscious Style Guide, named by Poynter as a top tool for journalists in 2018 and recommended by BuzzFeed, The Chicago Manual of Style, and NASA, among others. After winning the 2017 ACES Robinson Prize for excellence in editing, Karen founded the Editors of Color Database. An active member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, and SCBWI, Karen is represented by Red Fox Literary. Find her at

Book Title(s):

Whole Whale (Barefoot Books, 2021)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):
  • New Voices in Nonfiction Grant for the SCBWI/Smithsonian Institution Nonfiction Workshop (2020) | SCBWI
  • Selection of flash fiction for L.A. Public Library’s permanent collection and Short Story Portal
  • 12 x 12 Diversity Scholarship (2020) | 12 x 12
  • Eight-Time Golden Ticket Winner (record holder) | The Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books (2019) | The Children’s Book Academy
  • Robinson Prize (2017) | ACES: The Society for Editing
  • Tending Space Fellowship (2017) | Hemera Foundation
  • Official Selection (2017) for Friend Request | Stockholm Independent Film Festival
  • Rafael Lopez and Pat Cummings Merit Scholarship (2016) | The Children’s Book Academy
  • Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellowship (2015 and 2016) | Lambda Literary Foundation
  • $2,500 Writing Grant (2014) | Table 4 Writers Foundation
  • Flash Fiction Challenge (2014) | first runner-up | NYC Midnight
  • Best Comedy for Wait for It (2013) | semifinalist | Screenplay Festival
agender, Chinese American, LGBTQ+
Age Categories:
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Young Adult
Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Science Fiction, Speculative
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