A Midsummer Tale

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

The 2017 contest is closed.


Read the General Contest Rules first.

pencilA Midsummer Tale is open April 1 – June 21 annually.

AMT is a summer-themed narrative writing contest open to non-genre1 fiction and creative nonfiction.

The theme of the 2017 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Summer Love. Some loves last a lifetime, while others are transient. Write a story—fiction or nonfiction—about the love of someone or something that only lasts the length of a summer.

The theme must play an integral role in the story.

Identify your story as fiction or creative nonfiction. For CNF entries, please indicate whether names have been changed.

Length: 1,000 words minimum; 5,000 words maximum.

Deadline for entries: June 21, 2017.

Send entries to amtcontest17@toasted-cheese.com with the subject line: A Midsummer Tale Contest Entry

Entries are blind-judged by Beaver. Decisions are final. Winners are announced July 31.

Winning stories are published in the September 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.

Questions? Ask here or on Twitter @toasted_cheese.


1“Non-genre fiction” means literary or mainstream fiction. No science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, western or other genre fiction, please.


Past AMT Themes:

  • 2016: Summer Job
  • 2015: Summer Home / Home for the Summer
  • 2014: Song of the Summer
  • 2013: Retreat / Encounter
  • 2012: Snail Mail
  • 2011: Water Fire Earth Air
  • 2010: Make Believe
  • 2009: Growth / Harvest
  • 2008: Snapshots
  • 2007: The Beach
  • 2006: Summer School
  • 2005: Road Trip
  • 2004: Summer Vacation
  • 2003: Hot Summer Nights
  • 2002: a transition that takes place over the summer months


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