Short Story Contest # 189 Theme: "Ashes" courtesy of @Blighters Contest story entries can be found HERE. We have 13 entries in this contest! The winner will be revealed in 2 weeks and the winner thread will be stickied until the next contest's winner is crowned. Challenge yourself to read one story a day - we need more voters. Entries are listed in the poll in the order posted. Voting ends in on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th, 2016 ~20:40 (8:40 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!