The Bertie Short-Story Contest is Now Open!

The submission window for The Bertie is officially open! You have from now until September 30th to upload your story.


A Short Story Contest for students ages 10 & 11 and 12 &13

General Guidelines

The submission window is between September 1 and September 30

Writers may submit only one story per contest year

 Stories must be written by only one writer

 Writers must be ages 10, 11, 12, or 13 years old as of September 1st, 2017

Previously submitted or published stories will not be accepted

Story must be no longer than 1500 words total

Story MUST contain a senior citizen (65 or older) as a character,  no matter how minor.


Ready to upload your story?


 FAT Reels has created our submission form. You’ll find it HERE!   (Look around while you’re at it. They make great highlight videos.) 

It couldn’t be a contest without awesome judges! I am pleased to have the Middle-Grade Mafia folks along for this journey again. They did an awesome job last year and it wasn’t easy with so many great entries. Yay, Mafia!

And finally, my terrific sponsor –


 Winnwood Retirement which has graciously agreed to provide the prize money for the second year!

I can’t wait to read your stories! Best of luck to everyone.


  1. David said:

    The link to FAT Reels doesn’t work. Curious where my daughter can upload her story?

    September 3, 2017
    • Lisa Lewis Tyre said:

      Sorry! There was an issue on the backend but it’s working now!

      September 3, 2017
  2. Anonymous said:

    Could it be possible that the general guidelines link isn’t working either?

    September 5, 2017
    • Lisa said:

      Hi! The general guidelines are written in the post. The only link you need is the one to upload your story. If for some reason it doesn’t work above, copy and paste this: in your URL. Let me know if you have other problems!

      September 5, 2017

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