After hours and hours of reading, and debating the merits of each entry, the Middle Grade Mafia has made their decision!

The Bertie - Shorty Story Contest

The Bertie Short-Story Contest winners will be posted on the Mafia website at 1 pm (EST) today! Thank you to everyone who entered, and to Winnwood Retirement for providing the prize money.

See you next year!





The Bertie is a contest open to 11-13 year olds. It gets its name from Bertie, a favorite character in LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS.


The Bertie - Shorty Story Contest

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

Noel 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. 🙂


L.S. Bridgers has been a part of the Mafia since the beginning, and the only one of the family with fans! At a recent writer’s conference, a young woman raced up to her and GUSHED about how much she enjoyed the reviews that L.S. writes. L.S. is fun, writes amazingly creative fiction, and knows good stories when she reads one – perfect for The Bertie!


L.S. Bridgers was born in the U.S. but raised in Rome, Italy

I find it gives me a unique way of looking at things. It probably explains why I love to write about magic so much. Magic is universal. But how we come to believe magic is real is individual. It’s that process that interest me. It tells us who we are and where we come from.

Bridgers began writing when she was at Rice University and the continued while she was at the University of Georgia School of Law. She began to write for children after her children were born. She credits her experiences as a lawyer for teaching her how to write about heroes and villains and the endless energy of her sons for inspiring her imagination.

A former lawyer, L.S. Bridgers lives outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, three sons and three dogs.

I can’t wait to see what L.S. picks!

Contest The Bertie

One of my favorite things about publishing my debut novel, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS, has been hearing the affection for one of its characters, Bertie. She’s been described as feisty, hilarious, out-spoken and even flirtatious! Pretty good for a grandmother. So in honor of the character that brought me so much joy to write, I am excited to announce:



A Short Story Contest for students ages 11 – 13

Entries accepted March 1 – April 1


 1st Place $250

 2nd Place $150

 3rd Place $100

 Honorable Mention – $100.00 to be divided between winners.

 The winning entries will be posted online on the Middle Grade Mafia website

The details, rules, etc. are below but I wanted to introduce you to some of the great people I’ll be partnering with to bring you this contest.

Would you like to meet them? Yes, please!

The lovely folks at Locker-Logo2Time have agreed to oversee the technical aspects of the contest. Once the contest goes live (more about that later) you’ll find the form to upload your work on their site at (Link won’t work until March 1.)


It couldn’t be a contest without awesome judges! I am pleased to have the Middle Grade Mafia folks along for this journey. They will be judging the entries, as well as posting the winning entries on their site. Yay, Mafia!

And finally, my terrific sponsor –


 Winnwood Retirement has graciously agreed to provide the prize money – $600.00 dollars worth!

General Guidelines

The submission window is between March 1 and April 1

Writers may submit only one story per contest year

 Stories must be written by only one writer

 Writers must be ages 11, 12, or 13 years old

Previously submitted or published stories will not be accepted

Story must be no longer than 1500 words total

Story MUST contain a intergenerational aspect (two characters from different generations) no matter how minor.

Finalists posted online May 1, 2016

Winners posted online May 15, 2016

Submitting Your Story

Write your story in any word processing program

Go to

Click on the submission form link

Fill out the submission form. Copy and paste your story into the text box

Submit your story!

Writers will receive an e-mail confirmation upon submission.

I’m excited to see read your stories. If you have any questions, email me at Bertie (at) LisaLewisTyre (dot) com.  Now as Bertie would say, “Get crackin’!”

Download the contest info HERE.

Contest Writing