Three Cheers Spring 2016 (CLOSED)

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

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Write a mystery story that explains the “why” behind what you see in this picture:

A pair of glasses, folded closed with the glass facing up, laying at the base of a lamp post on the sidewalk.

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Word count: Between 2,150 and 2,250 words.

  • Send entries to: threecheers16@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 16:1

The March 2016 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Lana Bella, Jeff Burt, Theresa Kelly & Wern Hao See; flash by Melissa Ostrom & Sherry Welch; fiction by Brian Coughlan & Catherine Keenan; and creative nonfiction by Luanne Castle, Brett Peruzzi & Linda C. Wisniewski.

TC 16:1 also includes the 2015 Dead of Winter Writing Contest winning stories by Matthew Boyle, Robert James & John Howe.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Poor Advice (and Other Stories) by Lou Gaglia.

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

The cover image is by Roger Penguino 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!

Dead of Winter 2015 Winners

We’re happy to announce the winning stories for our annual horror short fiction contest Dead of Winter:

  • 1st: “A Lovely Neighborhood: by Matthew Boyle
  • 2nd: “The Wran Song” by Robert James
  • 3rd: “Bittersweet” by John Howe

The first, second, and third place stories will be published in our March 2016 issue.

Dead of Winter 2016 opens October 1 and ends December 21 with theme and word count parameters to be announced. Our next contest is Three Cheers and a Tiger (Spring). As always, there’s no fee and there’s no registration required to enter any of our contests.

Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who entered!

 

Toasted Cheese 15:4

The December 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Miki Byrne, Erin McIntosh, Sonnet Mondal & Lauren Scavo; flash by Paul Hetherington, Ajay Patri & Christina Sanders; fiction by James Butt, Kim Farleigh, Maithreyi Nandakumar & Deb Smith; and creative nonfiction by Theresa Kelly.

TC 15:4 also includes the Fall 2015 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Matthew Boyle, Mark Neyrinck & Clarissa Pattern.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Undertow by Eric E. Wallace.

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

The cover image is by Allagash Brewing 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 Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Boots and Broker have made their decisions! The winners of the fall 2015 Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest are… (drumroll)

Gold: Matthew Boyle, “Parole”
Silver: Mark Neyrinck, “The Garden”
Bronze: Clarissa Pattern, “Sister’s Pact”

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who entered; there were more fine stories than we had prizes to award.

Toasted Cheese 15:3

The September 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Jan Ball, Sean Lause, JoAnn LoSavio, Jonathan Shipley, Angela Inez Vargas, Diane Webster & Marne Grinolds Wilson; flash by F. C. Brown Cloud & Claire Polders; fiction by Melodie Corrigall, Ryan Dempsey, Matthew Everett, Melanie Griffin & Judy Salz; and creative nonfiction by Marsa Laird, Mary Lewis & Emily Pifer.

TC 15:3 also includes the A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by David Thom, Anais Jay & Susan Shiney.

At Candle-Ends, Erin Bellavia reviews A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire and Shelley Carpenter reviews Orangutanka: A Story in Poems by Margarita Engle.

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

The cover image is by jeffreyw 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!

Three Cheers Fall 2015 (CLOSED)

UPDATE: Thanks to all who entered. Our next 48-hour Three Cheers and a Tiger contest will be held in March 2016.

The Three Cheers and a Tiger Fall Contest is now open.

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Write a story in 4,000 words or less about breaking an unbreakable rule in an impossible situation.

  • Send entries to: threecheers15@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

A Midsummer Tale

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2015 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest:

1st: “Our Happiest of Places,” fiction by David Thom
2nd: “Blue Door, Dry Spell, Sinking Elliott,” fiction by Anais Jay
3rd: “Get on the Plane, Jane,” fiction by Susan Shiney
Honorable Mention: “The Drop,” fiction by Shelley Wood

Congratulations!

My apologies for the delay in announcing the winners. This was by far the largest number of entries we’ve received for a contest and it was a bit overwhelming! The good news is, since we received over 100 entries, first place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, second place a $15 Amazon gift card, and third place a $10 Amazon gift card. All three winning stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.

Kudos to everyone who entered. We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2016 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2016.

TC’s next contest is the Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 18-20. The fall rendition of 3 Cheers has a science fiction / fantasy theme and is judged by Boots and Broker.

Toasted Cheese 15:2

The June 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Carl Boon, Wayne F. Burke, Natasha S. Garnett, Lowell Jaeger, Erren Geraud Kelly & Kristina Spear; flash by Gretchen L. Dietz, Windy Lynn Harris, Jenny Irizary, Dorothy Mahoney & Roger McKnight; fiction by Rebecca T. Florisson, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Nancy Nau Sullivan & Bonnie Thompson; and creative nonfiction by Ron Riekki.

TC 15:2 also includes the Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Sarah R. Clayville, Urvashi Bohra & Tara Kenway.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews The Scholar,The Sphinx, and the Fang of Fenrir by A.R. Cook, A.R. Cook reviews Thirty Seconds by Heather MacPherson and Salvatore Marici reviews Temporary Champions by Darren C. Demaree.

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

The cover image is by Kimberly Appels, 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!