Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour Mystery Contest

The March 2015 contest opens at 5 PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 20, 2015, with details posted here on TC’s homepage.

Send entries to: threecheers15[at]toasted-cheese.com

Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry

Deadline: 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 22, 2015.

This year Baker will be assisting Bellman with the judging.

Winning stories are published in the June issue of Toasted Cheese.

  • If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card.
  • If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.

Three Cheers and a Tiger Guidelines
General Contest Rules

Dead of Winter Winners!

Thank you for entering our Dead of Winter 2014 contest. Competition was tight, with a record number of entries. The winning stories are:

  • 1st: “Heirlooms” by Erin McDougall
  • 2nd: “The Others” by John Howe
  • 3rd: “The Snake” by Amelia Diamond
  • Honorable Mention: “Le Greniere” by Hortense De Castro

The first, second, and third place stories will be published in our March 2015 issue. Because of our record number of entries, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.

Thank you for providing such wonderful and diverse reading material for the judges. Dead of Winter 2015 opens October 1 and we invite you to enter. Our next contest is the 48-hour challenge Three Cheers and a Tiger, which runs March 20-22, 2015.

Keep writing!

Stephanie Lenz and Erin Bellavia

Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners

We have (finally) finished reading and judging the stories for the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest, and are happy to announce the winners:

  • Gold: Jill Spencer, “Something Wicked”
  • Silver: Amelia Diamond, “A Small Miscalculation”
  • Bronze: Alexander Pawlowski, “My Funeral”

Congratulations to the winners! These stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.

Our next contest, Dead of Winter, is currently open.

Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction / Fantasy Writing Contest

The Fall 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is now open. The deadline for entries is Sunday, September 21 at 5pm ET.

This fall’s topic is: What Went Wrong?

Write a story under 5000 words about that time that a promising hypothesis was disproven, a step missed in a procedure, or some crucial ingredient was omitted that seemed obvious to the person who wrote the recipe, but not to the one who was reading it.

Be sure to read both the Three Cheers and a Tiger contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry.

Your 48 hours start now. Good luck!

A Midsummer Tale Winners!

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2014 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest:

1st: “When We Still Knew What It Meant to Be Kids,” creative nonfiction by Krista Varela
2nd: “Hip Hip,” fiction by Alexander Drost
3rd: “Rise Up Singing,” fiction by Eric E. Wallace

Congratulations Krista, Alexander, and Eric!

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.

Kudos to everyone who entered. We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2015 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2015.

TC’s next contest is the Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 19-21. The fall rendition of 3 Cheers has a science fiction / fantasy theme and is judged by Boots and Broker.

Toasted Cheese 14:2

The June 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Jim Daniels, Holly Day, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Pat Hanahoe-Dosch, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Marc Pietrzykowski & Robert Lavett Smith; flash by M.J. Walsh; fiction by Deborah Bazalgette, Anna Chieppa, Simone Davy, Sara Siegel & Eric E. Wallace and creative nonfiction by Pamela Scott.

TC 14:2 also includes the Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Lou Nell Gerard, Carole Mertz & D. Staats.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee.

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

The cover image is by Beej Jorgensen, 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!

Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold: “Fixies Adrift” by Lou Nell Gerard
Silver: “Wish I May, Wish I Might” by Carole Mertz
Bronze: “The Case of the Dropped Case” by D. Staats

“I’d also like to thank and congratulate everyone who entered. There were a lot of very interesting things people hid under the melting snow piles. I hope you had as much fun writing the stories as I had reading all of them!” —Amanda “The Bellman” Marlowe

Our next writing contest, A Midsummer Tale, is currently open. Click here for more information.

The Spring 2014 Three Cheers and a Tiger (CLOSED)

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts NOW (5 p.m. ET, Friday March 21) and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23.

  • ETA: Due to the delay in the posting of the topic and word range, the deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET.

You can find the topic and word range for this year’s contest at Just the Place for a Snark.

Now, go! Write, write, write! You can do it! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! GRRR!

3 Days Till Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend!

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts Friday March 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23. (Don’t miss the start! Convert to your time zone here.)

The topic and word range for this year’s contest will be posted at Just the Place for a Snark at the contest start time.

10 Days Till Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Weekend!

Three Cheers and a Tiger is a writing contest that challenges you to write a complete story on a specific topic within a single weekend (48 hours). The spring contest is for MYSTERY stories. The contest guidelines are HERE.

The Spring 2014 contest starts Friday March 21 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and closes at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 23. (Don’t miss the start! Convert to your time zone here.)

The topic and word range for this year’s contest will be posted at Just the Place for a Snark at the contest start time.