Change to Submission Periods

Starting with Toasted Cheese 7:1 (March 2007), submission periods will close one month earlier than they do at present, i.e. two months prior to the publication date. This change will allow us to read submissions one month earlier and give us some much-needed extra time to set up each issue.
The switch will be effective November 1, 2006. Submissions received to October 31, 2006 will be eligible for TC 6:4 (December 2006); submissions received from November 1 to December 31, 2006* will be eligible for TC 7:1 (March 2007).
We will continue to short-list at the end of each month. Final notifications will be sent one month prior to publication. Full details here.
(*The shortened submission period will be for this one issue only, as we make the transition.)

No Autoreply?

If you’ve submitted to the literary journal and haven’t received an autoreply, don’t panic!
It is extremely rare for us to have not received a submission. 99% of the time, the autoreply has been caught by your spam filter. (To avoid this happening, add submit [at] to your safelist before submitting.)
We might not have received your submission if a) you sent to the wrong address or b) your subject line has a typo in it (e.g. submisssion). If you are sure that neither of these things apply to you, then there is no need to resend your submission.
We know it’s tempting, but please try to hold off inquiring as to whether we’ve received your submission. It defeats the purpose of having an autoreply when we have to answer numerous “I didn’t get an autoreply. Did you get my submission?” inquiries.
If we have received your submission, you will hear from us within approximately one month (when we short-list). If you have not heard from us by the 15th of the month following when you submitted, then you can assume we didn’t receive your submission and you are welcome to resend it.

Reminder / Request

For all writers who are re-submitting after receiving a notification letter:
Please send your new submission to submit at — just as you did for your first submission.
In other words, don’t just hit “reply” on the notification letter you received. If you do that, only the editor who sent out the letters will get your new submission. Remember, we edit as a collective; all the editors need to see your submission, not just the one who handled the correspondence.
Thank you!

Submissions Update

Starting with the current submission period, we’ve instituted a “rounds” system of vetting submissions.
Each month, two of the editors will look over the subs that have come in. At the end of this preliminary round, we’ll send out notifications to all who have submitted during that month. The notification will tell you one of three things:

  1. We’re not interested.
  2. Your submission has been disqualified for some reason (e.g. you submitted it as an attachment). If you receive this notice, we ask that you wait to resubmit until the next sub period.
  3. Your submission is “on to the next round” i.e. it will be read by the full panel of editors during our regular reading period. (Note that this isn’t an acceptance.)

Final decisions will be sent out as per usual during the week prior to the new issue going up.
We’ve instituted this new system to reduce our workload during our reading periods, but we hope that writers will find the earlier notifications of benefit as well. The first round of preliminary notifications went out last week.
Speaking of which… one writer withdrew a submission after receiving his preliminary notification because the story had been accepted elsewhere. He asked if he would be penalized for doing so, noting that he submitted prior to our change in policy re simultaneous submissions. The answer is no. Only submissions from March 1st onward are subject to the new policy.

Note for AOL users

If you submit from an AOL email address, you might not receive a confirmation email from us. AOL is currently bouncing emails from Toasted Cheese.
We have no problem receiving emails from AOL addresses.
Be aware that when the time comes to notify you of your submission’s status, we may need to send your notification to you from an alternate address (i.e. not a address), to ensure you receive it.

Correction to WM/NSSWM Listing

It’s come to our attention that some of the information listed for Toasted Cheese in the 2005 Writer’s Market and NSSWM is incorrect.

We run 4 contests a year: 3 Cheers (Spring) in March, A Midsummer Tale in June, 3 Cheers (Fall) in September, & Dead of Winter in December. All contest winners receive Amazon gift certificates as prizes. Please rely on our contest page for accurate, up-to-date information.

We do not accept postal mail submissions. If you wish to submit to Toasted Cheese, please follow the guidelines on our submission page.

Questions, comments, etc. should be e-mailed to the editors. See our staff page for addresses.