Toasted Cheese 18:3

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The September 2018 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Clara Burghelea, John Grey, Erren Kelly, K.M. Lighthouse, D.W. Moody, Jared Pearce, Donna Pucciani & Diane Webster; flash by Olga Dermott-Bond, Mike Dillon, Amie E. Reilly & Alicia Zhang; fiction by Hayley N. Jones, Mark Joseph Kevlock, Gwenda Major, Thaddeus Rutkowski & Dana Verdino and creative nonfiction by Marsa Laird.

TC 18:3 also includes the 2018 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Sarah Evans, Mike Wang & Lou Nell Gerard.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Ms. Anna by Bill Lockwood and Tony Press reviews New Micro: Exceptionally Short Stories edited by James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.

The cover image is by Nakeva Corothers on Flickr, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

2018 A Midsummer Tale Winners

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2018 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest.

1st: “Seven Disconnected Facts About the Human Heart” by Sarah Evans
2nd: “10 O’Clock” by Mike Wang
3rd: “Derecho” by Lou Nell Gerard

Congratulations!

First place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second place a $15 Amazon gift card, and third place a $10 Amazon gift card. The top three stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.

Kudos to everyone who entered! We received more than 60 entries this year and enjoyed reading your creative takes on the theme of “thunderstorms.” We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2019 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2019.

Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 21-23. See our contest page for details.

Toasted Cheese 18:2

The June 2018 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Devon Balwit, Emile Benoit, Katherine Davis, Kenneth Pobo, Kurt Rasmussen, Susan Richardson, Alex Stolis, Rodd Whelpley, Christine Wright & Margaret Young; flash by Erica Plouffe Lazure, Kimberly Lee, Rolf Samuels, Jamie L. Sawyers, John Carr Walker & Becca Yenser; fiction by Penny Frances & Joseph McGrail and creative nonfiction by Zixu Fan.

TC 18:2 also includes the Spring 2018 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Jill Spencer, Zachary Turner & Josh Flores.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Necessary Lies by Richard Edgar, Bill Gaythwaite reviews Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto, and Bill Lockwood reviews Laughter and Early Sorrow and Other Stories by Brett Busang.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.

The cover image is by RichardBH on Flickr, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

2018 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold:  “Gray-Eyed Greedy Guts” by Jill Spencer
Silver: “The Mystery of the Capucine” by Zachary Turner
Bronze: “The List” by Josh Flores
Honorable Mention: “The Black Rose” by Cana Shafer

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze entries will appear in the June 2018 issue of Toasted Cheese.

We’d also like to thank everyone who entered. Some press flowers for memories, and some for murder. In any case, pressed flowers produced many intriguing mysteries.

I hope you had as much fun writing the stories as I had reading them.

Amanda (The Bellman) Marlowe

A Midsummer Tale 2018

A Midsummer Tale is a summer-themed narrative writing contest open to non-genre fiction and creative nonfiction.

The theme of the 2018 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is: Thunderstorms. Write a story that takes place before, during, or after a summer thunderstorm. The theme must play an integral role in the story.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2018.

The Spring 2018 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is CLOSED.

The Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is now open.

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Write a mystery story that centers around pressed flowers in an old book.

Word count: Between 1,950 and 2,050 words.

  • Send entries to: threecheers18@toasted-cheese.com
  • Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry
  • Paste your story directly into your email. No attachments please.

For complete rules:
Three Cheers and a Tiger Guidelines
General Contest Rules

Toasted Cheese 18:1

The March 2018 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Rachel Burns, Abigail George, Bibhu Padhi, Roger Singer & Don Thompson; flash by Amanda Breen, Michael Crane, Catherine Fearns, Erica Hoffmeister, Lynn Mundell & Michael Sams; and fiction by Amanda DeNatale & Mary Ann McSweeny.

TC 18:1 also includes the 2017 Dead of Winter Writing Contest winning stories by Meredith Lindgren & Vanessa Levin-Pompetzki.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews A Fire Without Light by Darren C. Demaree.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.

The cover image is by H.C. (la-oc-foodventures) on Flickr, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

Toasted Cheese 17:4

The December 2017 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Cassie Creley, David Polochanin & Wern Hao See; flash by Lauren Dennis, Michelle Dotter & Gaynor Jones; and fiction by Bim Angst, Christopher Heffernan, Gwenda Major & Phillip Mitchell.

TC 17:4 also includes the Fall Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Gail A. Webber, Erin McDougall & Anila Syed.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Fermentations by Salvatore Marici and Bill Lockwood reviews Nikolai Delov by James Dante.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Stephanie “Baker” Lenz.

The cover image is by Kathy Maister on Flickr, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

Fall 2017 Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Judges Boots & Broker have chosen the following stories as winners of the Fall 2017 Three Cheers and a Tiger contest:

  • Gold: “Not If We Lie” by Gail A. Webber
  • Silver: “Project Savant” by Erin McDougall
  • Bronze: “Mars” by Anila Syed

Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉

The winning stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese.

Toasted Cheese 17:3

The September 2017 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Miki Byrne, Matthew Heston, Simon Perchik, Sarah Valeika & John Zedolik; flash by Helen Coats, Izabella Grace, Malka Herman & Merran Jones; fiction by Natasha Cabot, Tara Kaprowy & Alex Shishin; and creative non-fiction by Laura Marostica & Mary Street.

TC 17:3 also includes the A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by LS Bassen, Vanessa Levin-Pompetzki & SK Elliot.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Megan of the Mists by Bill Lockwood.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.

The cover image is by wwny on Flickr, with additional photos by photographers around the world, all of whom have generously made their work available for use under Creative Commons licenses. Please click through and check out their photostreams.

Congratulations to all. Happy reading!