Short Story Contest # 186 Submissions & Details Thread Theme: "Birth" courtesy of @Blighters Submissions will be open for 2 weeks. IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ, Thanks To enter the contest, post the story here in this thread. It will show up as an anonymous author. The contest is open to all writingforums.org members, newbies and the established alike. At the deadline I will link to this thread from the voting thread. The winning entry will be stickied until the next competition winner. As always, the winner may PM me to request the theme of the subsequent contest if he/she wishes. Entries do not have to follow the themes explicitly, but off-topic entries may not be entered into the voting. Word limit: 500-3000 words Deadline for entries: Sunday the 14th of Feb, 2016 1600 (4:00 pm) US Pacific time. There is a 10% word-limit leniency at both ends of the scale. Please try to stick within the limit. Any piece outside of the suggested limit may not be entered into the voting. If we reach 20 entries, the maximum number of stories for any one contest, I will consider splitting the contest into two. Only one entry per contest per contestant is permitted. Try to make all your entries complete and have an ending rather than be an extract from a larger one and please try to stick to the topic. Any piece seemingly outside of the topic will be dealt with in a piece by piece basis to decide its legitimacy for the contest. A story entered into the contest may not be one that has been posted anywhere** on the internet, not just anywhere on this site. A story may not be posted for review until the contest ends, but authors may seek critiques after voting closes for the contest. Members may also not repost a story anywhere, or bring attention to the contest in any way, until the voting has closed. (**We tried one that had been posted for critique before entering but it defeated the anonymity so I've gone back to no stories perviously posted here in the forum.) PLEASE use this title format for all stories: Title bolded [word count in brackets] If there are any questions, please send me a PM (Conversation). After the voting ends, posting in the thread will re-open for comments. ***And thanks to even more long hours put in by our very special mod/member @Wreybies, winners are now awarded with olympic style medals displayed under their avatars. Be sure to preview your entry before you hit 'reply'. Check italics and bolding as sometimes the end code for bold or italics doesn't copy/paste affecting large stretches of text. If you need to fix the formatting, hit 'control a' to 'select all' and clear all bold and italics code. Then re-add it back in using the board's font controls before you hit 'post reply'. Watch those extra line spaces. PLEASE delete them directly from the post before hitting 'post reply'. The point of consistent titles and line spacing is to avoid having those things influence votes, sometimes for worse. Thanks, and good luck!