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Vote for the Best Short Story

Poll closed May 30, 2016.
  1. Coffee's Cold

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Betty Baxter, and the Drunkening of the Way

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Coffee, and the Art of Self-Involvement

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  4. The Coffee Shop

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Morning Rush

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Careful What You Wish For

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  7. Cold Roast Surprise

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Ice Cold

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  9. Warm Beer & Cold Coffee

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  10. Preditor

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  11. Coffee To Go

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  12. Coffee Conundrum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Cold Coffee

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Cold Fingers

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Closed Voting Voting is CLOSED for contest #190 "Cold Coffee"

    Discussion in 'Bi-Weekly Short Story Contest Archives' started by GingerCoffee, May 16, 2016.

    Short Story Contest # 190
    Theme "Cold Coffee" courtesy of @GeoffreySmith

    Contest story entries can be found HERE.

    We have 14 entries in this contest! (Don't be discouraged, some are short.) 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 Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 19:00 (7 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!
     
  2. jannert

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    So many good entries in this contest. It was hard to choose. At the end of it, I chose the one I thought made the best use of the theme.
     
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  3. Rob40

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    I'm more interested to see how many voters there are vs. stories to pick.
     
  4. GingerCoffee

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    We average 20 or so votes most contests. NOT NEARLY ENOUGH! Yes I'm talking to all you lurkers out there. ;)
     
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    Wow, you know there's a lot of good entries when there's a five-way tie for first place after a week. Great job, everyone! :D
     
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    has a tie ever happened before? what will they do if it does? .-.
     
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    There's now a six way tie! A lot of these are stories I had trouble deciding on. @yeybez , when a tie happens the stories who have tied will be put up again for another round of voting until there's a winner.
    The story I voted for is currently tying, and I'm considering changing my vote if there's a tie, simply because the other stories are also so incredibly good ( it was hard to choose).
     
  8. GingerCoffee

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    The ability to change votes is turned off. Because of the board software, when you leave it on, every time you come back to the thread you don't see the vote totals and I find it annoying.

    I post a runoff for ties. And very rarely a tie is declared if it persists.
     
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    atleast now nobody can feel bad about losing since it was so close
     
  10. Rob40

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    A 6-way tie for fourth!
     
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    The two I had trouble choosing between are tied for first. And there are a couple others that are really good.

    Second place at this point was a story I also really liked. And another I thought was good has no votes! It deserves votes!

    Sigh, there are only 19 votes. We need more voters! There are some great stories here. Don't be put off by the number of stories. Read them, skip them if they don't draw you in and go on to the next one. Come on folks, let's get this party started. :D
     
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    There's still time. :D
     
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    :pop:Two and a half hours left to vote.
     
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    One more hour, still time. :superthink:
     
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    And the winner is, @BruceA with, Be Careful What You Wish For, one of my favorites.

    Second place and the story I voted for is @Lea`Brooks' Coffee's Cold. It reveals a talent for mystery writing.

    I also really liked @doggiedude's Preditor, but I wonder if his misspelling/typo in the title gave him a disadvantage: Predator. I liked the stretching realization, thought it was unique over the more common alien tongue down the throat scenarios.

    Another I liked that got no votes but should have was Coffee Conundrum by @Kata_Misashi. The ending cracked me up.

    All in all another batch of really good short stories.
     
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    :cry:

    I guess I can't complain about second place. But I was very proud of this piece (though it was a bit rushed at the end to fit into the word limit) so I was hoping to finally win one. lol

    But all of the stories were very well done. :) Great job everyone!
     
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    :friend:I voted for it. :superagree:
     
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    Congratulations, @BruceA! Finally nailed it. Break out the medals and sound the trumpets!

    Nice one, geezer. Very well played.

    :cheerleader: :cheerleader: :superagree::cheerleader: :cheerleader:
     
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  19. BruceA

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    Thank you everyone! From zero to hero... it can be done!

    I voted for Preditor - I thought it was really well written, made me smile too, and I didn't see what was coming (so to speak). I liked Coffee's Cold too, but I guessed what had happened from the opening scene. There were other great entries too.
     
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    Congratulations BruceA :)

    I agree, there were a lot of good stories in there so thank you everyone for participating!
     
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    Congratulations @BruceA. I voted for yours as well and was happy to see it win. :)
    There were a lot of good entries so well done all.
     
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    Congratulations @BruceA, patience has rewarded :)
    I notice this theme encouraged quite a few crime stories. The story I voted for was Warm Beer & Cold Coffee. I can't say it wasn't hard with Preditor and Cold Coffee also in my top three, and all three happened to link the theme with crime (very convincingly). The poignancy of the way the hero dealt with the robbery in Warm Beer & Cold Coffee secured my vote for this story.

    I thought Careful What You Wish For was a great breather from the crime themes of a few of the other stories and a well deserved win.
     
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    @GingerCoffee you were right about a tie not prevailing in the end :D
     
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    Congratulations @BruceA :supercool:

    I never considered an alien as an explanation. I was going for a succubus.
    Stupid me on the mistake with my title. Not the first & won't be the last.
     
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    Alien vs succubus: oops. I read more sci-fi than fantasy. I'm not up on my magical creatures. :bigoops:
     

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