Kristen Figgins, Flash Contest Judge

Kristen Figgins is a writer of fabulism, whose work has appeared in such places as Dunes Review, The Gateway Review, Puerto del Sol, Sleet Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, Sakura Review, and The Whale Road Review.  Her story “Track Me With Your Words, Speak Me With Your Feet” was winner of the 2015 Fiction Award from Puerto del Sol and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Micro Award, and Write Well Award.  Her first chapbook, A Narrow Line of Light, is available for purchase from Boneset Books and her novella, Nesting, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in the Summer of 2017.  figgins-2

Regarding what she’s looking for as judge for the Fabulist and Fantastic Flash Fiction Contest, Figgins had this to say:

“I always think of fabulism as a threshold.  One one side of the door lies reality and its emotional and physical truths, its adherence to the norms of physics and biology and psychology and perception.  On the other side of the door is a totally magical world, which you can only really enter by stepping through a wardrobe or running full-tilt at a brick wall at Platform 9 3/4.  Fabulism concerns itself with the threshold between these two places, where they bleed and blend together.

Great fabulist flash fiction faces the struggle of how to take its reader on an unusual journey through that threshold place, without much time, if any, to make explanations for the existence of any unusual elements that the reader may encounter.  We have to be swept up in the journey, and the language and premise of the story must make enough emotional sense to us to grab and hold us for the duration of this very short story, as well as (arguably more importantly) to stick with us afterward, so that part of us is always left behind on that threshold, with your story and your characters.”

For more about our judge, visit her website.