Current Writing Fellow 2018-2019 – Jennifer Fliss

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A note about the winning story from our panel of judges: 

The Balloon Animal Artist Goes to a Funeral:  This story was beyond a roller-coaster of emotions, this story was the all-new fun park ride from happiness to hell and back. Just a quick turn to describe a few of the emotions this story takes its reader through – it starts with a belly-laugh, then that queasy feeling of “uh-oh”, then takes a turn at embarrassment, exclusion, shame, schadenfreude, and next manages to shock you (one of those deeply true punch-in-the-gut moments) then delight you, and then catapult you right back into sorrow and resigned unhappiness. It is an extraordinary story.

Author’s Bio

Jennifer Fliss is a Seattle-based fiction and essay writer. Her work has appeared in PANK, Hobart, The Rumpus, Gigantic Sequins, and elsewhere. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions and is an alumna of the Tin House Summer and Winter Workshops. She is currently working on her first novel. She can be found on Twitter at @writesforlife or via her website,

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