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.

A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest — Winners!

The winners of the 2012 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest are:
1st: “Brief from Oma,” creative non-fiction by Laura Story Johnson
2nd: “Being My Mom,” creative non-fiction by Amy Gantt
3rd: “The Adolescent Letters,” creative non-fiction by Anna Shuster
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.
Congratulations Laura, Amy, and Anna!
A big thank you to all who entered. We hope you’ll join us again next year.
Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour contest in September. It has a science fiction/fantasy theme and is judged by Boots + Broker.
Remember, prize money will increase if we receive 51+ entries, so please pass the contest info along to your writing friends!

Say hello to Toasted Cheese 12:2!

The June 2012 issue of Toasted Cheese features poetry by Darren C. Demaree, John Grey, Marchell Dyon Jefferson, B.T. Joy, Kira Moore, Nathaniel Murphy & Yermiyahu Ahron Taub; flash fiction by Jeffrey Bakkensen; fiction by Philip Dodd, Jennifer Hurley & Michael S. Wolfe and creative non-fiction by Daniel Beaudoin, Hayley Cooper & Nathan Evans.
TC 12:2 also includes the Spring 2012 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Melynda Sylvestre, Arwen Dewey & Eleanor Ingbretson.
At Candle-Ends, Theryn Fleming reviews The Toucan Magazine.
This issue’s Snark Zone is by Amanda “The Bellman” Marlowe.
Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

Spring Three Cheers Contest Winners

The winners of the Spring 2012 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest, as selected by judges Bellman and Bonnets, are:
Gold: Melynda Sylvestre, “What Would Madame Defarge Do?”
Silver: Arwen Dewey, “Mother Earth Breeds Nothing Feebler than a Man”
Bronze: Eleanor Ingbretson, “Pumpernickel Blue”
This year’s topic was a mystery in which yarn bombing plays an important role. Congratulations to Melynda, Arwen, and Eleanor and thank you to all who entered. You can read the winning stories in the June issue of Toasted Cheese.
Our current contest is A Midsummer Tale, which is open to both non-genre fiction and creative nonfiction. This year’s theme is Snail Mail. Details here. Deadline for entries: June 21.

Dead of Winter Winners

Our 11th annual Dead of Winter short fiction contest winning stories are:
1st place: Anitha Murthy “The Red Scarf”
2nd place: (tie) Jake Gogats “Skin and Bones” and Kristi Petersen Schoonover “A Bone to Pick”
Honorable Mention: John-Michael Gariepy “Osteophthisis”
The three first and second place stories will be printed in the March issue of Toasted Cheese.
Dead of Winter 2012 opens October 1, 2012 and closes midnight ET December 22, 2011. To learn the contest theme and word count parameters, visit our contest page after 10/1/12.
Our next contest is Three Cheers and a Tiger: Spring. Can you write a mystery in 48 hours?
A special note: we had several talented young writers enter Dead of Winter 2011 and we want to encourage them — and all of our entrants — to keep writing, keep learning the craft, and treat every rejection as proof that you had the conviction to try.
See you next time!

The December issue of Toasted Cheese is here!

TC 11:4 features poetry by Andrea Castillo, Rich Ives & Rachel Marsom-Richmond; flash fiction by Allison Landa and fiction by Alonzo Douglass, Lisa Heidle, Jennifer Hurley & Cynthia J. McGroarty.
Also in this issue, Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Caitlin Wolper, Michelle Orabona & Jennifer Pantusa.
This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.
Congratulations to all. Happy reading!

And the winners of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale writing contest are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest!
1st: “The Land Between Two Rivers,” fiction by Bint Arab
2nd: “Still Water,” creative non-fiction by Nancy Bouchard
3rd: “Stepping into Summer,” creative non-fiction by Tony Press
Honorable Mention: “Empedocles on Love and Strife,” fiction by Chris Kitowski
First place receives a $35 Amazon gift card and second place receives a $10 Amazon gift card.* The top three stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.
A big thank you to all who entered! We hope you’ll join us again next year.
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Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour contest in September. It has a science fiction/fantasy theme and is judged by Boots & Broker.
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*We received 35 entries, not quite enough to reach our threshold for raising the prize money. Our other contests are also switching to an escalating prize format, so please pass the contest info on to your writing friends!

The long-awaited June issue of TC is here!

TC 11:2 includes poetry by Christie Isler, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Caleb J. Oakes & Mary Odenbach; flash fiction by James Armstrong & David Meuel; and fiction by Lisa Ahn, Kimberly Greene, Josh Hauser, Jennifer Hurley, Emily J. Lawrence, Rick Nordgren & Nathaniel Tower.
Also look for Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest winning stories by Shannon Schuren, Laura Magalas & Gillian Brent.
This issue’s Snark Zone is by Theryn “Beaver” Fleming.
Our first Candle-Ends reviews are in the works and will appear in upcoming issues. If you’re a part of the TC community in any capacity and you’d like to request a review, we’d love to hear from you at reviews@toasted-cheese.com
Congratulations to all and happy reading!

Three Cheers & a Tiger Contest Winners Announced

The spring Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour short mystery writing contest’s theme was use a short social media message (Twitter, Facebook, or other social media site) about an ecological change in a nearby river as an important clue. The winners are:
GOLD Shannon Schuren “A River Trickles Through It”
SILVER Laura Magalas “Measurements”
BRONZE Gillian Brent “Rainbows”
Thanks to all who entered the contest. Write on.
Bellman & Bonnets