A Midsummer Tale

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

The 2021 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 2021 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Coming of Age. A coming-of-age story focuses on the main character’s growth from adolescence to young adulthood. This could be your personal story or it could be a fictional one.

Your story must be set during the hot summer months and 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: 11:59 PM Pacific Time June 21, 2020.

Send entries to amtcontest21@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:

  • 2020: Quarantine
  • 2019: Secrets
  • 2018: Thunderstorms
  • 2017: Summer Love
  • 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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