A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest — Winners!

The winners of the 2012 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest are:
1st: “Brief from Oma,” creative non-fiction by Laura Story Johnson
2nd: “Being My Mom,” creative non-fiction by Amy Gantt
3rd: “The Adolescent Letters,” creative non-fiction by Anna Shuster
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.
Congratulations Laura, Amy, and Anna!
A big thank you to all who entered. We hope you’ll join us again next year.
Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour contest in September. It has a science fiction/fantasy theme and is judged by Boots + Broker.
Remember, prize money will increase if we receive 51+ entries, so please pass the contest info along to your writing friends!

Spring Three Cheers Contest Winners

The winners of the Spring 2012 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest, as selected by judges Bellman and Bonnets, are:
Gold: Melynda Sylvestre, “What Would Madame Defarge Do?”
Silver: Arwen Dewey, “Mother Earth Breeds Nothing Feebler than a Man”
Bronze: Eleanor Ingbretson, “Pumpernickel Blue”
This year’s topic was a mystery in which yarn bombing plays an important role. Congratulations to Melynda, Arwen, and Eleanor and thank you to all who entered. You can read the winning stories in the June issue of Toasted Cheese.
Our current contest is A Midsummer Tale, which is open to both non-genre fiction and creative nonfiction. This year’s theme is Snail Mail. Details here. Deadline for entries: June 21.

The September issue of Toasted Cheese is here!

TC 11:3 features poetry by Holly Day, B.T. Joy, Lex Thomas Muery & Bree Rehac; flash fiction by Mary J. Breen, Anna Moriarty Lev & Dawn Zera; fiction by Vanessa Blakeslee, Charlie Brooks, Sarah Clayville & J.S. Sollazzo and creative non-fiction by Mary Wuerth.
Also in this issue, A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Bint Arab, Nancy Bouchard & Tony Press.
This issue’s Snark Zone is by Amanda “The Bellman” Marlowe.
Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

And the winners of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale writing contest are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest!
1st: “The Land Between Two Rivers,” fiction by Bint Arab
2nd: “Still Water,” creative non-fiction by Nancy Bouchard
3rd: “Stepping into Summer,” creative non-fiction by Tony Press
Honorable Mention: “Empedocles on Love and Strife,” fiction by Chris Kitowski
First place receives a $35 Amazon gift card and second place receives a $10 Amazon gift card.* The top three stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.
A big thank you to all who entered! We hope you’ll join us again next year.
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Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour contest in September. It has a science fiction/fantasy theme and is judged by Boots & Broker.
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*We received 35 entries, not quite enough to reach our threshold for raising the prize money. Our other contests are also switching to an escalating prize format, so please pass the contest info on to your writing friends!

A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest

A Midsummer Tale is open to non-genre fiction, creative non-fiction, and hybrids thereof. Ideally, stories will take place during a warm time of the year, and this element will be an integral part of the story.
The theme of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: water fire earth air. You may use one or more of these elements, literally and/or metaphorically.
Length: 1,000 words minimum; 5,000 words maximum.
Deadline for entries: June 21, 2011.
Prizes:
If we receive 50 or fewer eligible entries:
1st place: $35 Amazon GC & publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
2nd place: $10 Amazon GC & publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
3rd place: Publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
If we receive 51 or more eligible entries:
1st place: $50 Amazon GC & publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
2nd place: $15 Amazon GC & publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
3rd place: $10 Amazon GC & publication in Toasted Cheese 11:3.
Be sure to read both the A Midsummer Tale Contest Rules & the General Contest Rules.

The September 2010 issue of Toasted Cheese is here!

TC 10:3 features poetry by Karen Kelsay, Shannon McKeehen & Michael Spring; flash fiction by Walter Campbell & Diane D. Gillette and fiction by Samantha Abrams, Jennifer Houston, Jonathan Slusher, Maria Steele, Andrew S. Taylor & Karen Zvarych.
Also look for A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Mary Wuerth, Esperanza Paz C. del Casal & Marissa VanWingen.
This issue’s Best of the Boards winner is Sue Nelson Buckley.
Congratulations to all & happy reading!

A Midsummer Tale 2010

Toasted Cheese is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest:
1st: “Where She Fell” by Mary Wuerth
2nd: “My Grandfather” by Esperanza Paz C. del Casal
3rd: “New Age Break-Up” by Marissa VanWingen
Congratulations Mary, Esperanza, and Marissa!
Read the winning stories in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.
Thank you to all who entered. We hope you will join us again next year.
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C-c-c-changes!
The A Midsummer Tale writing contest is changing! Starting in 2011, the contest will be open to non-genre (literary, mainstream) fiction as well as creative nonfiction. As well, AMT will have an earlier opening date, giving entrants additional time to work on their entries. Check back for more details in the spring!
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Our next contest is Three Cheers and a Tiger in September. 3 Cheers (Fall) is a 48-hour contest with a science fiction/fantasy theme, and is judged by TC Editors Lisa Olson (Boots) & Ana George.

September issue of Toasted Cheese!

TC 9:3 features poetry by Tyler Cummings, Diana Dominguez, Terri Kirby Erickson, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Carol Lynn Grellas & Ajay Vishwanathan; flash fiction by Frank O’Connor; fiction by Simon Barker, Cheryl Lynn, Tara Kenway, Alex Myers, Rebecca Stonehill & Robert Wexelblatt and creative non-fiction by Tamara K. Adelman.
Also look for A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest winning stories by Sheela Jaywant, Timothy L. Marsh & Amy Rideg.
This issue’s Best of the Boards winner is Mark Paxson.
Congratulations to all!