Three Cheers and a Tiger Fall 2019 is OPEN

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Your challenge for the Fall 2019 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest:

Write a fantasy or science fiction story under 5000 words that opens with something needlessly dramatic, which becomes actual drama when…

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!

2019 A Midsummer Tale Winners

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Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2019 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest.

1st: “Tulips” by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
2nd: “Dirty Secrets Make for Orderly Lives” by Amberdawn Collier
3rd: “The Empty Mirror” by Sarah Evans

Congratulations!

First place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second place a $15 Amazon gift card, and third place a $10 Amazon gift card. All three stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.

Kudos to everyone who entered! We received over 50 entries again this year and enjoyed your many interpretations of the “secrets” theme. We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2020 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2020.

Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger 48-hour writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 20-22. See our contest page for details.

2019 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold: “An Unapparent Suicide” by Miguel A. Rueda
Silver: “Beware: A Prue Klatter Mystery” by Cayce Osborne
Bronze: “Aunt Nettie” by Charmaine Braun

The winning entries will appear in the June 2019 issue of Toasted Cheese.

We’d like to thank everyone who entered. Caesar wasn’t the only one who was mysteriously told to beware the Ides of March.

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

—The Bellman

A Midsummer Tale 2019

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

The theme of the 2019 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is: Secrets. An event that must be kept secret. The weight of holding onto a secret. A secret long kept, now revealed. Whether your story is set at the beginning, middle or end of a secret’s lifespan, it must take place during the hot summer months.

The theme must play an integral role in the story.

Deadline for entries is June 21, 2019.

The Spring 2019 Three Cheers and a Tiger Writing Contest is CLOSED.

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

Entries must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time, Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Write a mystery story that centers around a diary entry or social media post for March 15th that starts out with “They told me to beware.”

Word count: Between 1,350 and 1,450 words.

  • Send entries to: threecheers19@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

Fall 2018 Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Boots and Broker are happy to announce the winners of the Autumn 2018 Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest:

Gold: “Business as Usual” by Michelle LaValley & Jon Meaders
Silver: “Gift of the Gods” by Caitlin Cacciatore
Bronze: “Trapped in a Box” by Karen Davis

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story, and congratulations to the winners!

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The winning stories will appear in the December issue of Toasted Cheese.

18th Annual Dead of Winter short fiction contest

Stories submitted to the 18th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2018) will use one or both of the following themes: THE PODCAST or THE AWARD. Your entry must follow guidelines linked below.

This year’s themes are inspired by the contest judges. In 2018, both have been nominated for and/or won an award. Plus, we like podcasts and want to read about them. We couldn’t decide so, as we did ten years ago, we decided to offer multiple themes to choose from.

SPECIAL:

Your entry will not only follow one or both themes but will also use them in a central way, not as a peripheral or “dropped in” detail. For example, the award may be a physical object or a title (like a knighthood or an honorary degree). It could be a heavy object used as a weapon or a medal in an old trunk. Keep in mind that “podcast award” will likely be an often-used theme and that you want your story to stand out. Of course, you’re welcome to go that route.

Please give your story a unique title, not “The Podcast” or “The Award.”

EVERY YEAR:

  • Stories MUST be based on the theme provided.
  • Stories MUST be set in winter.
  • Stories MUST fall in the horror genre
  • The word count range for DOW2018 is 3000–5000 words.

HOW TO ENTER:

The contest opens October 1, 2018 and the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM ET December 21, 2018.

Email entries to dow2018[at]toasted-cheese.com with the subject line:
Dead of Winter Contest Entry

Follow general contest guidelines and general Dead of Winter guidelines

Three Cheers and a Tiger Fall 2018 is CLOSED

This fall’s topic is: A Contest!

Write a fantasy or science fiction story between 3500 and 4500 words about a contest! Your contest can be winner take all; win, place, show; or first, second, third. Whatever the outcome, there must be a contest must be heavily featured in your story.

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!

2018 A Midsummer Tale Winners

Toasted Cheese is happy to announce the winners of the 2018 A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest.

1st: “Seven Disconnected Facts About the Human Heart” by Sarah Evans
2nd: “10 O’Clock” by Mike Wang
3rd: “Derecho” by Lou Nell Gerard

Congratulations!

First place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second place a $15 Amazon gift card, and third place a $10 Amazon gift card. The top three stories will appear in the September issue of Toasted Cheese.

Kudos to everyone who entered! We received more than 60 entries this year and enjoyed reading your creative takes on the theme of “thunderstorms.” We hope you’ll join us for A Midsummer Tale again in 2019 and that you’ll pass the contest info along to your writing friends! Next summer’s theme will be announced April 1, 2019.

Our next contest is the fall Three Cheers and a Tiger writing contest, which runs the weekend of September 21-23. See our contest page for details.

2018 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Spring Three Cheers and a Tiger contest!

Gold:  “Gray-Eyed Greedy Guts” by Jill Spencer
Silver: “The Mystery of the Capucine” by Zachary Turner
Bronze: “The List” by Josh Flores
Honorable Mention: “The Black Rose” by Cana Shafer

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze entries will appear in the June 2018 issue of Toasted Cheese.

We’d also like to thank everyone who entered. Some press flowers for memories, and some for murder. In any case, pressed flowers produced many intriguing mysteries.

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

Amanda (The Bellman) Marlowe