Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold: “First in Time, First in Right” by Meredith Bateman
Silver: “Bus Stop” by Brian Behr Valentine
Bronze: “Rendez-Vous” by Erin McDougall

The winning entries will appear in the June 2016 issue of Toasted Cheese.

We’d also like to thank everyone who entered. There were very interesting and creative ideas for how a pair of glasses (or do I mean spectacles?) ended up folded and placed under a lamp post! The photo is one I took myself, having spotted the glasses laying there as I was walking by, and I still often speculate about what the real story behind it was. Of such moments are interesting stories made.

We hope you had as much fun writing the stories as I had reading them.

Amanda (The Bellman) Marlowe

Three Cheers Spring 2016 (CLOSED)

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

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Write a mystery story that explains the “why” behind what you see in this picture:

A pair of glasses, folded closed with the glass facing up, laying at the base of a lamp post on the sidewalk.

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Word count: Between 2,150 and 2,250 words.

  • Send entries to: threecheers16@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

Dead of Winter 2015 Winners

We’re happy to announce the winning stories for our annual horror short fiction contest Dead of Winter:

  • 1st: “A Lovely Neighborhood: by Matthew Boyle
  • 2nd: “The Wran Song” by Robert James
  • 3rd: “Bittersweet” by John Howe

The first, second, and third place stories will be published in our March 2016 issue.

Dead of Winter 2016 opens October 1 and ends December 21 with theme and word count parameters to be announced. Our next contest is Three Cheers and a Tiger (Spring). As always, there’s no fee and there’s no registration required to enter any of our contests.

Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who entered!

 

Fall Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Boots and Broker have made their decisions! The winners of the fall 2015 Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest are… (drumroll)

Gold: Matthew Boyle, “Parole”
Silver: Mark Neyrinck, “The Garden”
Bronze: Clarissa Pattern, “Sister’s Pact”

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who entered; there were more fine stories than we had prizes to award.

The 15th Annual “Dead of Winter” Writing Contest

The 15th Annual Dead of Winter Writing Contest is OPEN!

Dead of Winter is a horror fiction contest.

This year’s theme is: THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN

Word count parameters: 1500-3000 words

Stories submitted to the 15th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2015) must use the theme THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN. We invite you to take inspiration from this artwork by Tom McCarthaigh (described below):

Tom McCarthaigh is an illustrator from the United Kingdom. His work conveys an atmosphere of mystery, magic as well as possible danger. Tom has worked with local zine writers in Bristol as well as clients from around the world. This year, his moth design was chosen as the hologram for Bristol’s very own printed currency.

Tom McCarthaigh is an illustrator from the United Kingdom. His work conveys an atmosphere of mystery, magic as well as possible danger. Tom has worked with local zine writers in Bristol as well as clients from around the world. This year, his moth design was chosen as the hologram for Bristol’s very own printed currency.

You may take as much or as little inspiration from this work as you like. You do NOT need to use elements of it for your story; you must only use the theme THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN.

Be sure to read both the Dead of Winter contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry. Due to the autumnal elements of our visual prompt, stories may be set in fall or winter for the 2015 contest.

Deadline for entries is December 21.

Image description: Black & white sketch with a marbleized blue sky. Five children wearing Halloween costumes (a small jack-o-lantern appears behind them). The background includes a house (or houses), barren trees and a few leaves. 

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.

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.