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.

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 2014 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest is OPEN

A Midsummer Tale is a summer-themed narrative writing contest open to non-genre fiction and creative nonfiction.

The theme of the 2014 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Song of the Summer.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2014.

Get all the details here. (Don’t forget to read the general contest guidelines as well.)

Questions? Ask away.

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.

Dead of Winter 2013 Winning Stories

Winning stories for our 13th annual Dead of Winter short horror fiction contest are:

First place: “Mother” by J. Chad Kebrdle
Second place: “Mother’s Nature” by Lynn Bauman-Milner
Third place: “Flea” by Stephen Lawson

These three stories will be published in the March 2014 issue of Toasted Cheese.

Our next contest is “Three Cheers & A Tiger: Spring,” which is a 48-hour mystery contest that will take place March 21-23 this year. The 14th annual Dead of Winter contest theme and word count parameters will be announced when the contest opens October 1.