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.

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!

Fall Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Results

Judges Broker and Boots have finished reading and judging the stories for the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest and are happy to announce the results:

Gold: Cheryl Clark, “Nights and Wishes”
Silver: Kate Lansky, “Save What We Can”
Bronze: Lorraine Nelson, “Get Carter”

These stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese, and the winner and runner-up will receive gift certificates from Amazon.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered. We had a lot of fun reading your underground railroad stories.

Our next contest, Dead of Winter, is currently in progress: click here for more info. The next Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest will take place the weekend of March 21-23, 2014.

New Issue! TC 13:1 – March 2013

The March 2013 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Alison Eastley, Gail Hosking, Karolina Manko, Jiawen P. & David Polochanin; fiction by Ron Arnold, Robert Herzog, Tony Press & Alex Shishin; and creative non-fiction by Matthew Zanoni Müller.

TC 13:1 also includes the 2012 Dead of Winter Writing Contest winning stories by Greg Osadec, Steven Till & Stephen Lawson.

At Candle-Ends, Theryn Fleming reviews The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany.

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

This spring our authors are from Australia (Tasmania), Canada (Ontario), Japan, Singapore, and the United States (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York & Pennsylvania).

The cover image is by Renée Suen from Toronto, with additional photos by photographers from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, all who 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!

Dead of Winter Writing Contest Winners!

The winning stories are:

1st place: “The Perfect Gift” by Greg Osadec
2nd place: “I N V E R S I O N” by Steven Till
3rd place: “The Dangers of Living Vicariously” by Stephen Lawson

These three stories will be published in the March 2013 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 22-24 this year.

Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Toasted Cheese is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2012 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest:
Gold: Alison Reeger Cook, “In the Garden Where Monsters Grow”
Silver: Eleanor Ingbretson, “Mind Over Matter”
Bronze: Mark Neyrinck, “Maybe Among the Better of Many Possible Worlds”
Thanks to all who entered. You can read the winning stories in the December issue of Toasted Cheese.
A reminder that our annual horror contest, Dead of Winter, is currently open. This year’s theme is HEART AND SOUL. Deadline for entries is December 21.