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Today’s recommended journal is Toasted Cheese, a site that intrigued me as soon as I began researching it for our own journal development. Toasted Cheese is really more of a writing community than a simple literary journal. The site offers many communal areas such as a ‘chat‘ feature as well as forums built into the site. This communal aspect of the site is what made like it so much. All of the most enjoyable writing experiences I’ve had in my life have included some kind of writing community. Whether it was a classroom or a group of online friends, I’ve always had that extra boost of encouragement and feedback when pursuing new writing endeavors.
It’s almost as though there are two Toasted Cheese sites. If you type in toasted-cheese.com, you are taken to a site that seems formatted like a blog with updates and links at the top of the webpage. If you click this link, though, you are taken to the “actual” literary journal site. The journal has been in operation since 2001 and is, therefore, very established. The site and the journal hold frequent contests and there seems to be a very inclusive, encouraging vibe around the journal.
In addition to the journal aspect of the site and the community exercises that take place there, Toasted Cheese offers a blog of sorts called Absolute Blank, where writers are offered the opportunity to post articles. Past articles on their blog have discussed writing advice for specific genres and writing instruction for specific kinds of documents.
I like Toasted Cheese because of the variety of writing opportunities it offers to authors, from poetry to blog articles. I would encourage you to visit the site, browse around, and see what they have to offer.
— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan