Voting for Short Story Contest (162) is OPEN Theme: "Escape" courtesy of @BookLover We have eight excellent entries in this contest. The winner will be revealed in two 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. You'll find all the stories HERE. Voting will end Sunday September 28th 2014 ~5:30 pm Pacific Time to give everyone a chance to read the stories. 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. We have switched to every three weeks so there is one contest ending/beginning each weekend. Also, the stories have been enjoyable so read for enjoyment, learning, and to vote. Don't look at it like a chore. Finally, thanks to all for patience with the short story contest. I'll be very busy with work until December and I have less time for the forum. I should still be fine keeping up with the contest, especially now that we are on a three week schedule.