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. 

14th Annual Dead of Winter Writing Contest

The 14th Annual Dead of Winter Writing Contest is OPEN!

Dead of Winter is a horror fiction contest. This year’s theme is: TOYS IN THE ATTIC.

Stories submitted to the 14th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2014) must use the theme Toys In the Attic. A child’s plaything must feature prominently in your story and the story setting should be an attic, penthouse, or other “top floor.” Be creative with other setting elements, including time period and geographic location.

Be sure to read both the Dead of Winter contest rules and the general contest guidelines before submitting your entry.

Deadline for entries is December 21.

Questions? Feel free to ask them here or at the forums.

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.

Fall Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest Results

Judges Broker and Boots have finished reading and judging the stories for the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest and are happy to announce the results:

Gold: Cheryl Clark, “Nights and Wishes”
Silver: Kate Lansky, “Save What We Can”
Bronze: Lorraine Nelson, “Get Carter”

These stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese, and the winner and runner-up will receive gift certificates from Amazon.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered. We had a lot of fun reading your underground railroad stories.

Our next contest, Dead of Winter, is currently in progress: click here for more info. The next Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest will take place the weekend of March 21-23, 2014.

A Midsummer Tale Winners!

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2013 A Midsummer Tale Writing Contest:

1st: “As I Walk Out One Evening,” creative nonfiction by HC Hsu
2nd: “Hell is a Dry Heat,” fiction by Chris DeWildt
3rd: “Summer Fruits,” fiction by Pauline Wiles

Congratulations HC, Chris, and Pauline!

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.

Thank you to everyone who entered. This year’s entries were an especially diverse batch of stories, many on unexpected subjects. Kudos to you all.

We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2014 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2014.

TC’s next contest is the Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 20-22. The fall rendition of 3 Cheers has a science fiction / fantasy theme and is judged by Boots and Broker.