Voting will be open for 6 weeks because there are 17 entries and to give way for people to concentrate on the Summer Picture is Worth 1,000 Words contest. Contest #177 Theme: "Afterlife" courtesy of @Spencer Rose Contest story entries can be found HERE We have 17 entries in this contest! The winner will be revealed in six weeks and the winner thread will be stickied until the next contest's winner is crowned. No more entries are allowed in this contest. Entries are listed in the poll in the order posted. Voting ends in six weeks, Sunday, Aug 30th, 2015 ~7:30 pm Pacific Time. I encourage authors to vote. While it is controversial, it remains acceptable in the short story contest to vote for yourself. I encourage you to vote honestly. In the name of good sportsmanship only vote for yourself if you have read all the other stories and given them your honest evaluation. Consider how the author has responded to the theme, as well as the quality of the writing and overall impression of the story in making your decision. Read for pleasure, learning, and to vote. Make someone's day, vote for their story!