Jennifer Fliss – Writing Fellow 2018-2019

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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 writer. Her over 150 stories and essays have appeared in PANK, Hobart, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, and will be included in Best Small Fictions anthology 2019. She is the current Pen Parentis Fellow and recently received a Grant for Artist Project award from Artist’s Trust. She has been nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize and has won and been nominated for other awards. She can be found on Twitter at @writesforlife or via her website,

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