Creative Loafing Fiction Contest: Have you voted yet?

There's a only a short time left to vote in CL's Fiction Contest, and if you haven't voted yet, better hurry — the tallies have been very close so far, and you might be able to send your favorite over the top.

The theme of this year's contest was "Wild," which writers were free to interpret any way they liked. The contest judge, award-winning writer Karen Brown, has made her pick for the #1 story. But readers can continue voting today, Dec. 11, until 5 p.m. at

The winners of both the Judge's Pick and Readers' Choice will be announced at our CL Fiction Contest Reading and Reception on Wed. Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at CL Space. Not only will you find out who wins the cash prizes, you'll get to hear the winning writers — as well as Karen Brown — read from their work. That might be a prize in itself.

And be sure to look for the CL Fiction and Books Issue online and in print Dec. 19. We'll be publishing the winning stories, and also reporting on some of our favorite books and authors of 2013.