A Midsummer Tale 2017

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

The theme of the 2017 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is: Summer Love. Some loves last a lifetime, while others are transient. Write a story—fiction or nonfiction—about the love of someone or something that only lasts the length of a summer.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2017.

A Midsummer Tale

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2016 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest.

1st: “The English Girl’ by Sarah Evans
2nd: “Liberal Arts” by Heather Finnegan
3rd: “The Net” by Gail Webber

Congratulations!

First place will receive a $35 Amazon gift card and second place a $10 Amazon gift card. The first, second, and third place 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 2017 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2017.

Toasted Cheese 16:3

The September 2016 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Richard Dinges, Marchell Dyon, Theresa Kelly, Marc Livanos, Lauren Scavo & Judith Taylor; flash by Jeff Bakkensen & Stephanie Gail; fiction by David E. Grubb, Kathy Mansfield, Michael Retzer & Gina Sakalarios-Rogers; and creative nonfiction by Autumn Shah.

TC 16:3 also includes the A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Sarah Evans, Heather Finnegan & Gail Webber.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Not For Art Nor Prayer by Darren C. Demaree.

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

The cover image is by Benny Mazur 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 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!

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 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!

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!