The Bertie - Shorty Story Contest

I have received some awesome submissions for The Bertie! I feel bad for the Middle Grade Mafia judges as they try to choose the winning submissions. If you haven’t yet uploaded your story, no worries. You have until midnight on Friday, April 1.

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 up

If you have any issues, feel free to comment or send me an email at LisaLewisTyre (at) gmail (dot) com.

Good luck!


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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!

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Very few people make me laugh like Kevin Springer! I met Kevin a few years ago when he joined our critique group and he has made a huge impact on my writing. I am so happy that he found time in his schedule to help judge manuscripts for The Bertie.

Kevin A. Springer


Kevin grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits. As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while telling bedtime stories to his two young boys. One such story evolved into his debut book, Extraordinary Sam & the Adventurers’ Guild (March 2015, Bookfish Books LLC.), which tells the tale of an ordinary boy who finds a hatbox and discovers a world of adventure and self-discovery.

Kevin is a self-proclaimed dreamer and a kid at heart. When he’s not writing or reading, he is coaching soccer or helping with homework. He lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs.


You can learn more about Kevin on his website, Twitter, and on Goodreads.



His book, Extraordinary Sam and The Adventures’ Guild is awesome and HERE.

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