Toasted Cheese 14:4

The December 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Karen Bayly, Nabin Kumar Chhetri, Dave DeWitt Fulton, Paul Hostovsky, Dario Jimenez, Greg Moglia, Sanchari Sur & Shari Winslow and fiction by Erin Charvet, Max Dunbar, Eileen Gonzalez, Kyle Manning, Laura Marie & Lisa Sagrati.

TC 14:4 also includes the Fall 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Jill Spencer, Amelia Diamond & Alexander Pawlowski.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Drops on the Water by Eric G. Müller & Matthew Zanoni Müller.

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

The cover image is by Juliet Culver, 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 and a Tiger Winners

We have (finally) finished reading and judging the stories for the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest, and are happy to announce the winners:

  • Gold: Jill Spencer, “Something Wicked”
  • Silver: Amelia Diamond, “A Small Miscalculation”
  • Bronze: Alexander Pawlowski, “My Funeral”

Congratulations to the winners! These stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.

Our next contest, Dead of Winter, is currently open.

14th Annual Dead of Winter Writing Contest

The 14th Annual Dead of Winter Writing Contest is OPEN!

Dead of Winter is a horror fiction contest. This year’s theme is: TOYS IN THE ATTIC.

Stories submitted to the 14th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2014) must use the theme Toys In the Attic. A child’s plaything must feature prominently in your story and the story setting should be an attic, penthouse, or other “top floor.” Be creative with other setting elements, including time period and geographic location.

Be sure to read both the Dead of Winter contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry.

Deadline for entries is December 21.

Questions? Feel free to ask them here or at the forums.

Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction / Fantasy Writing Contest

The Fall 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is now open. The deadline for entries is Sunday, September 21 at 5pm ET.

This fall’s topic is: What Went Wrong?

Write a story under 5000 words about that time that a promising hypothesis was disproven, a step missed in a procedure, or some crucial ingredient was omitted that seemed obvious to the person who wrote the recipe, but not to the one who was reading it.

Be sure to read both the Three Cheers and a Tiger contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry.

Your 48 hours start now. Good luck!

Toasted Cheese 14:3

The September 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Mariel Alonzo, Sandra Fees, Dovile Mark, Karen Powell, Katia Raina & Graham WW Young; flash by Rori Leigh Hoatlin, Tim Love & Gretchen Tessmer and fiction by Judy Darley, Jack Herbert & Clare Kane.

TC 14:3 also includes the 2014 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Krista Varela, Alexander Drost & Eric E. Wallace.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Out of Dublin by Ethel Rohan.

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

The cover image is by jeffreyw, 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!

A Midsummer Tale Winners!

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2014 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest:

1st: “When We Still Knew What It Meant to Be Kids,” creative nonfiction by Krista Varela
2nd: “Hip Hip,” fiction by Alexander Drost
3rd: “Rise Up Singing,” fiction by Eric E. Wallace

Congratulations Krista, Alexander, and Eric!

First place receives a $35 Amazon gift card and second place receives 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 2015 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2015.

TC’s next contest is the Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 19-21. The fall rendition of 3 Cheers has a science fiction / fantasy theme and is judged by Boots and Broker.

Toasted Cheese 14:2

The June 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Jim Daniels, Holly Day, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Pat Hanahoe-Dosch, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Marc Pietrzykowski & Robert Lavett Smith; flash by M.J. Walsh; fiction by Deborah Bazalgette, Anna Chieppa, Simone Davy, Sara Siegel & Eric E. Wallace and creative nonfiction by Pamela Scott.

TC 14:2 also includes the Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Lou Nell Gerard, Carole Mertz & D. Staats.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee.

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

The cover image is by Beej Jorgensen, 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!

Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold: “Fixies Adrift” by Lou Nell Gerard
Silver: “Wish I May, Wish I Might” by Carole Mertz
Bronze: “The Case of the Dropped Case” by D. Staats

“I’d also like to thank and congratulate everyone who entered. There were a lot of very interesting things people hid under the melting snow piles. I hope you had as much fun writing the stories as I had reading all of them!” —Amanda “The Bellman” Marlowe

Our next writing contest, A Midsummer Tale, is currently open. Click here for more information.

The 2014 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest is OPEN

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

The theme of the 2014 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Song of the Summer.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2014.

Get all the details here. (Don’t forget to read the general contest guidelines as well.)

Questions? Ask away.

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!