Voting for Short Story Contest (158) is OPEN Theme: "Persuasion" courtesy of @Paddybass We have five 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 I received them. Voting will end Sunday the 20th of July 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. Remember, when there are a lot of stories, you don't have to read them all in one day.