The Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger (CLOSED)

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts NOW (5 p.m. ET, Friday March 21) and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23.

  • ETA: Due to the delay in the posting of the topic and word range, the deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET.

You can find the topic and word range for this year’s contest at Just the Place for a Snark.

Now, go! Write, write, write! You can do it! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! GRRR!

3 Days Till Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend!

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts Friday March 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23. (Don’t miss the start! Convert to your time zone here.)

The topic and word range for this year’s contest will be posted at Just the Place for a Snark at the contest start time.

10 Days Till Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend!

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts Friday March 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23. (Don’t miss the start! Convert to your time zone here.)

The topic and word range for this year’s contest will be posted at Just the Place for a Snark at the contest start time.

Toasted Cheese 14:1

The March 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by April Michelle Bratten, Kathryn Jacobs, Erren Geraud Kelly, Marisa Marinelli & John Roth; flash by Rick Bailey & Rupprecht Mayer and fiction by Skye Allen, Terry Barca, Eileen Gonzalez & Tony Press.

TC 14:1 also includes the 2013 Dead of Winter Writing Contest winning stories by J. Chad Kebrdle, Lynn Bauman-Milner & Stephen Lawson.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews As We Refer to Our Bodies by Darren C. Demaree.

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

The cover image is by Alpha/avlxyz, 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!


p.s. This issue also brings the biggest behind-the-scenes changes since TC began—we’ve moved the entire journal to WordPress. If you happen to notice any glitches, we’d appreciate it if you pointed them out. You can use this form. Thanks! We hope you enjoy the updated site.

Dead of Winter 2013 Winning Stories

Winning stories for our 13th annual Dead of Winter short horror fiction contest are:

First place: “Mother” by J. Chad Kebrdle
Second place: “Mother’s Nature” by Lynn Bauman-Milner
Third place: “Flea” by Stephen Lawson

These three stories will be published in the March 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese.

Our next contest is “Three Cheers & A Tiger: Spring,” which is a 48-hour mystery contest that will take place March 21-23 this year. The 14th annual Dead of Winter contest theme and word count parameters will be announced when the contest opens October 1.

Candle-Ends: 2013 Recap

Toasted Cheese publishes reviews of books by writers who are a part of the TC community (e.g. published in TC, written for Absolute Blank, interviewed at Absolute Blank, forum members). To request or submit a review, contact our reviews editor at reviews[at]toasted-cheese.com.

Books reviewed in 2013:

2014 Writing Contests

Toasted Cheese runs four writing contests annually. Before entering a contest, please make sure you read the general guidelines that apply to all the the contests as well as the specific guidelines for the contest you are entering.


Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specified topic within a single weekend (48 hours). Three Cheers runs twice a year, in spring and fall.

The Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger mystery writing contest will run the weekend of March 21–23, 2014. Topic and word range will be announced Friday, March 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time at Just the Place for a Snark. Winning stories will be published in the June 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese.

2013 winning stories (topic: the “There was an Old Man of New York” Edward Lear limerick plays an important role):

  1. Derry’s Down, Deary” by Alison Reeger Cook
  2. Rare Books” by Ellen Wright
  3. Marginalia” by Jen Julian

The Fall 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger science fiction / fantasy writing contest will run the weekend of September 19–21, 2014. Topic and word range will be announced Friday, September 19 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time at Just the Place for a Snark. Winning stories will be published in the December 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese.

2013 winning stories (topic: underground railroad):

  1. Nights and Wishes” by Cheryl Clark
  2. Save What We Can” by Kate Lansky
  3. Get Carter” by Lorraine Nelson

We also hold two more traditional writing contests with longer time frames each year. A Midsummer Tale runs April–June, while Dead of Winter runs October–December.

A Midsummer Tale is open to creative nonfiction and non-genre fiction stories of 1,000–5,000 words. The 2014 theme will be announced April 1. A Midsummer Tale closes for entries June 21, 2014. Winning stories will be published in the September 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese.

2013 winning stories (theme: retreat/encounter):

  1. As I Walk Out One Evening” by HC Hsu (cnf)
  2. Hell is a Dry Heat” by Chris DeWildt (fiction)
  3. Summer Fruits” by Pauline Wiles (fiction)

Dead of Winter is a horror fiction writing contest for stories set in winter. The 2014 theme and word range will be announced October 1. The contest closes for entries December 21, 2014. Winning stories will be published in the March 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese.

2012 winning stories (theme: heart and soul):

  1. The Perfect Gift” by Greg Osadec
  2. Inversion” by Steven Till
  3. The Dangers of Living Vicariously” by Stephen Lawson

Reminder: Prize money will increase if we receive more entries, so pass the contest information along to your writing buddies and encourage them to enter!

Fiction + Creative Nonfiction: 2013 Recap

As we close out the year, a look back at the fiction and creative nonfiction published in Toasted Cheese in 2013:

Fiction


Creative Nonfiction

Poetry + Flash: 2013 Recap

As we close out the year, a look back at the poetry and flash published in Toasted Cheese in 2013:

Poetry


Flash

Toasted Cheese 13:4

The December 2013 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Katherine Botsis, Brett Busang, Ana Maria Caballero, Jared Carter, Cindy Clarke, Lisa Parry & Diane Webster; flash fiction by Cezarija Abartis, Bill Gaythwaite & Melissa Reddish; fiction by SJ Bradley, Cheryl Diane Kidder, Heidi Vornbrock Roosa & Ralph Uttaro; and creative non-fiction by HC Hsu.

TC 13:4 also includes the Fall 2013 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Cheryl Clark, Kate Lansky & Lorraine Nelson.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill & Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by Caroline England.

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

The cover image is by Brad Proudlove, 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!