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.
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!
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.

The June 2010 issue of Toasted Cheese is up!

TC 10:2 features poetry by Patrick Loafman; flash fiction by Digby Beaumont, Kelley McDonald & Pamela Kung; fiction by Rion Amilcar Scott, Cody L. Stanford, Melodie Corrigall, Dianne Rees, Walt Trizna & Caleb True and creative non-fiction by Matthew Dexter, Agnieszka Stachura & Amy Bernhard.
Also look for Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Tara Kenway, Ann Ang & Robert Bennett.
This issue’s Best of the Boards winner is Kate Miffitt.
Congratulations to all & happy reading!

Dead of Winter Writing Contest Winners from Toasted Cheese 10:1

“Inside Voice” by Lana Thiel

She wasn’t opposed to the bitter cold; at times she welcomed it. The icicles clinking outside of her window summoned noise to drown out the voices. The wind ricocheted against the glass begging her to allow it inside. Violet remained focused on her work, ignoring the temperamental outbursts. She was never satisfied with her accomplishments; a small mistake could cost her. Everything. She sewed quietly, weaving the needle in and out, as she rocked in the creaky wooden chair. It had been her grandma’s. Grandma Ninny, with the slanted eyebrows and crooked mouth, who said children were to be seen and not heard. Ninny, who wore pleated wool skirts that smelled like mothballs and worn shoes. Ninny, who scrubbed Violet’s hands with bleach and antiseptic when she wrote with her left.

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“The Red Blanket” by Tamara Eaton
The Pueblo—1682

In the time of the great disease she watches as one after another the people of her pueblo sicken and die of the fever from the pale-skinned ones. Her husband falls ill. The pueblo shaman performs the healing ritual, but when the chants and prayers are complete, she stares at her beloved’s lifeless body. She wrenches away from the bed pallet. On the other side of the room the baby cries. With a last look at her husband, the young mother clasps the infant in her arms, and runs across the village.

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“Whitcher Cemetery” by Erica L. Ruedas

There was a graveyard at Fort Ord.

Madge found out about it on her second night while patrolling with Ronnie, the cocky sergeant. He took her out beyond the barriers on Inter-Garrison, where only bikers, hikers, and cops and military personnel were allowed.

“See the kennels over there? The military used to keeps dogs on the base, and they’d have guys sleeping in those buildings nearby. Some of the fellas here, they say they can hear them howling at night when they drive by. I’ve never heard it, though.”

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Three Cheers & a Tiger Contest Winners Announced

The spring Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour short mystery writing contest’s theme was a cryptic message. The winners are:
GOLD: Tara Kenway, “The Woman in the Attic”
SILVER: Ann Ang, “What They Tell Me”
BRONZE: Robert Bennett, “A Complaint from Harvey”
HONORABLE MENTION: Thea Lu, “A Reason for Breakfast”
Thanks to all who entered the contest. Write on.
Bellman & Bonnets

Toasted Cheese – March 2010

We have a surprise for you this issue, so be sure to check it out!
TC 10:1 features poetry by Ariana Cisneros & Ryan Quinn Flanagan; flash fiction by Vicki Wilson, Kristi Denke & Lori Volante; fiction by Joseph LoGuidice & Anne Greenawalt and creative non-fiction by Andy Shalek.
Also look for Dead of Winter Writing Contest winning stories by Lana Thiel, Tamara Eaton & Erica L. Ruedas.
This issue’s Best of the Boards winner is Amy Gantt.
Congratulations to all & happy reading!

Dead of Winter Winners!

Dead of Winter is our annual short horror fiction contest. This year’s theme was “the hidden grave.” We had many entries this year and are very pleased with our finalists.

First place: “Inside Voice” by Lana Thiel
Second place: “The Red Blanket” by Tamara Eaton
Third place: “Whitcher Cemetery” by Erica L. Ruedas
Honorable Mention: “The Other Side of Darkness” by Julia Traylor

1st, 2nd and 3rd place stories will be published in the March 2010 issue of Toasted Cheese.

Our next contest is the spring Three Cheers and a Tiger. Write a mystery in 48 hours using the given theme and word count limit. There are no entry fees for TC contests. Prizes include Amazon gift certificates and publication.

Congratulations to our winners!

December 2009 Toasted Cheese

TC 9:4 features poetry by C.L. Bledsoe, Paul Hostovsky & Rae Spencer; flash fiction by Ethel Rohan, Janice D. Soderling & Andrew S. Taylor; fiction by Jim Harrington, Kimberley Idol, Charles D. Phillips, Jason D. Schwartz, Melodie Starkey, Amanda Viviani & Chris Yodice and creative non-fiction by Kate Gibalerio.
Also look for Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Liz Mierzejewski, Ari Susu-Mago & Dixie Sorensen.
This issue’s Best of the Boards winner is Kirk Becken.
Congratulations to all & happy reading!