As you know, there were some excellent stories in the Sci-Fi story contest. Since the top five were chosen by offsite judges, the rest of the 34 authors have received little feedback on how their stories fared in the contest. 17 of the 34 have agreed to put their stories up for a forum vote, a straw poll for which there are no monetary prizes. M'eh, who needs a prize, , we all love it when someone likes what we've written. Voting will start today and go for the standard two weeks (but end on Sunday April 13th). The stories are longer than the usual short story contests. Voters, pace yourselves, read a couple a day, skim, start but don't finish stories you don't like, whatever it takes to get through the stories and pick the ones you truly thought best. VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3 STORIES. It's an honor system but we are an honorable group. Multiple votes will be allowed but I ask people to please not vote for more than 3 entries. Or you may vote for one or two, remember multiple votes dilute the count for your top pick. By allowing three votes I believe we'll get a better idea than if only the top stories received votes. Authors may vote for their own stories if they believe theirs deserves the vote. I will not be posting authors' names directly in the contest but obviously they are posted elsewhere in the forum and people are welcome to critique the stories in other threads if the authors have asked for critiques. But for this thread, divorce your feelings about each author and just vote on the story. Again, it's an honor system. Stories appear in the random order as I pulled them from a hat. And the poll will initially say it closes early Sunday but that will be corrected later this evening. VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3 STORIES. AUTHORS MAY CORRECT TYPOS and FRANK MISTAKES. But keep in mind a lot of people have already read the stories and won't be re-reading them so you need not do so, it likely will not affect votes. Typos are overlooked if they aren't numerous. But I recognize some authors are sensitive about the pieces they present to the public and those little typos can sometimes loom large. To correct a typo or error, send me a PM if there are less than 5. More than five, fix them and PM me the revised story. I'll replace the version I entered (assuming I'll have the poll up before people have time to fix typos). No other editing is allowed. Also let me know if I've made an errors in the posts or story titles. Sometimes the board code for italics and bold doesn't copy correctly. Authors, lease check your stories. VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3 STORIES. Whew! That took hours. Please let me know if any errors need fixing. I standardized the titles to size 4 bolded font and changed the two that had been in all caps to match the poll. Edited to add: I allowed one more entry, someone who found out about the runoff late. Hope no one objects. In case people are doing what I did and scrolling through a story to get to the next one, I found hitting "command F" (or however you search a document on your computer) and putting in the name of the next story to be read gets you to the story faster than scrolling.