The Bertie – We have a sponsor!

Ribbons are great, but money is better, amiright?

I’m sending a big THANK YOU to Winnwood Retirement.

They’ve agreed to sponsor The Bertie again this year and are  providing $600.00 dollars in prize money! Whoo Hoo.


A Short Story Contest for students ages 10 – 13*

(*That’s right, I’ve expanded the contest to 10 year olds. The contest will be split into two categories – 10/11 and 12/13!)

Entries accepted Sept 1 – Sept 30

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

The lovely folks at FatReels have agreed to oversee the technical aspects of the contest. They’ll be creating a form where you can upload your story. Stay tuned for the link!


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 providing some writing advice on what they’re looking for, and more. Yay, Mafia!

And finally, my terrific sponsor –


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

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

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.

More info will be coming over the next few weeks, so be sure and subscribe so that you don’t miss a thing!



  1. Alisha said:

    Who won?

    October 9, 2017
  2. Elyse Carney said:

    Where’s the link for the story upload?

    September 10, 2018
    • Lisa Lewis Tyre said:

      Hi! The most recent post on has the link, but I’m posting it here, too.

      Good luck!

      September 10, 2018

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