I have had a blast reading all of the wonderful entries to The Bertie. The Middle Grade Mafia folks are the official judges, but that didn’t mean they got to have all of the fun! I read through each story before sending them to the judges and I was very impressed. Talk about imagination!
I don’t know how the Mafia managed to narrow it down, but below you will find the finalists. The winners/honorable mentions will be chosen from the names below and announced on May 15th on the Middle Grade Mafia website. If your name is NOT on this list, don’t despair. EVERY entry was entertaining, which is the goal of a good storyteller, and you have created a world that didn’t exist before you put the words on paper. How cool is that??
Keep writing, keep submitting, keep telling stories. I can’t wait to read what you write next!
The Bertie Short List –
Brandon Bell, Beyond Reality
Mary Bielamowicz, Chronicles of Plastimandu
Cadence, The Dreamer
Maddie Cargile, The Basement
Rosie Curtis, Faces on the Ceiling
Hunter Echols, There Goes Breakfast
Allison Fawley, Fabia Fredrick and the Dragon
Morgan Hairfield, Waves
Sydney Hairfield, The Poachers
Zachary Harrison, Make Life Worth It
Kendra Hernandez, Mom
Joseph Lupi, The Jurassic Pocket Watch
Emily Meier, When We Meet Again
Evie Mendez, Evelyn: The Adventure Begins
Lily Reed- Nordwall, The Red Eyes in the Dark Corner
Niharika Panjala, The Door Not Opened
Noah Vanderbilt, Seasonal Rounds
Isabel Worley, An Everlasting Promise
Ansleigh Wyman, The One Who Felt Alone
Again, thank you to my wonderful sponsor, Winnwood Retirement. This contest would be a lot less fun without prize money.