Judge Tiphanie Yanique had this to say about it:
This story is written smartly from the first person perspective of a father who is witnessing his transgendered child’s transition from male to female. Though the father is a dead beat and the child an angsty young adult, the reader feels for both of them as they navigate the American wilderness on an impromptu camping trip. A darkness at the heart of the trip keeps the reader feeling on edge. Ultimately, it is the dad who undergoes at least a couple of transitions over the course of the story.
“She Lit a Fire” will be appearing in Issue 38, which is due out in 2017. I am humbled and so excited and can’t thank the judges enough for selecting my piece. Eep!