A Midsummer Tale 2023


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

The theme of the 2023 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Best Friends Forever…?

Inspired by optimistic yearbook signatures, this year’s theme is a tribute to our once-upon-a-time BFFs, the friendships we couldn’t imagine not lasting forever. For this year’s A Midsummer Tale contest, write about a now-troubled—or severed—friendship between two people who were once-inseparable besties. Did the friendship slowly unravel or suddenly break apart? Could the pieces be put back together again or was it time to let it go?

Your story must be set during the hot summer months and the theme must play an integral role in the story.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2023.

The 2023 Savage Mystery Writing Contest is CLOSED

The 2023 48-hour Savage Mystery Writing Contest is now open.

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Write a mystery that features a clue to a buried treasure.

Word range: Between 3000–3500 words.

  • Send entries to: savagemystery23@toasted-cheese.com
  • Your subject line must read: Savage Mystery Contest Entry
  • Paste your story directly into your email. No attachments please.

For complete rules:

Dead of Winter 2022 Winners

The winning stories in our 2022 “Dead of Winter” short fiction contest are:

  • First place: The Facilitator by Alex Grehy
  • Second place: Quiet Child by DJ Tyrer
  • Third place: Sinister Melody by David Pugh

The first, second, and third place stories will appear in TCLJ 23.1, our Spring issue.

Our next contest is “The Savage Mystery Writing Contest,” which is a 48-hour contest for mystery stories.

Dead of Winter 2023 opens October 1; Toasted Cheese’s contest info is here.