Three Cheers Fall 2015 (CLOSED)

UPDATE: Thanks to all who entered. Our next 48-hour Three Cheers and a Tiger contest will be held in March 2016.

The Three Cheers and a Tiger Fall Contest is now open.

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Write a story in 4,000 words or less about breaking an unbreakable rule in an impossible situation.

  • Send entries to: threecheers15@toasted-cheese.com
  • Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry
  • Paste your story directly into your email. No attachments please.

For complete rules:
Three Cheers and a Tiger Guidelines
General Contest Rules

A Midsummer Tale

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2015 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest:

1st: “Our Happiest of Places,” fiction by David Thom
2nd: “Blue Door, Dry Spell, Sinking Elliott,” fiction by Anais Jay
3rd: “Get on the Plane, Jane,” fiction by Susan Shiney
Honorable Mention: “The Drop,” fiction by Shelley Wood

Congratulations!

My apologies for the delay in announcing the winners. This was by far the largest number of entries we’ve received for a contest and it was a bit overwhelming! The good news is, since we received over 100 entries, first place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, second place a $15 Amazon gift card, and third place 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 2016 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2016.

TC’s next contest is the Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 18-20. The fall rendition of 3 Cheers has a science fiction / fantasy theme and is judged by Boots and Broker.

Toasted Cheese 15:2

The June 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Carl Boon, Wayne F. Burke, Natasha S. Garnett, Lowell Jaeger, Erren Geraud Kelly & Kristina Spear; flash by Gretchen L. Dietz, Windy Lynn Harris, Jenny Irizary, Dorothy Mahoney & Roger McKnight; fiction by Rebecca T. Florisson, Louisa Adjoa Parker, Nancy Nau Sullivan & Bonnie Thompson; and creative nonfiction by Ron Riekki.

TC 15:2 also includes the Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Sarah R. Clayville, Urvashi Bohra & Tara Kenway.

At Candle-Ends, Shelley Carpenter reviews The Scholar,The Sphinx, and the Fang of Fenrir by A.R. Cook, A.R. Cook reviews Thirty Seconds by Heather MacPherson and Salvatore Marici reviews Temporary Champions by Darren C. Demaree.

This issue’s Snark Zone is by Stephanie “Baker” Lenz.

The cover image is by Kimberly Appels, 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!

Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2015 Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest!

  • Gold: “Nothing Comes From Nothing” by Sarah R. Clayville
  • Silver: “Philip Knight” by Urvashi Bohra
  • Bronze: “Spotless” by Tara Kenway

The winning entries will appear in the June 2015 issue of Toasted Cheese.

We’d like to thank everyone who entered. Who knew there were so many interesting ways for muddy footprints to appear in hotel lobbies? We hope you had as much fun writing the stories as we had reading them.

Three Cheers Spring 2015 (CLOSED)

The Three Cheers and a Tiger Spring Contest is now open.

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Write a mystery story that centers around muddy footprints in a hotel lobby.

Word count: Between 2650 and 2750 words.

  • Send entries to: threecheers15@toasted-cheese.com
  • Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry
  • Paste your story directly into your email. No attachments please.

For complete rules:
Three Cheers and a Tiger Guidelines
General Contest Rules

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.