The Bertie Writing Contest Begins!

 The Bertie is now live and you have until midnight on 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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Why The Bertie? The contest was named after one of the favorite characters in my first book, Last In A Long Line of Rebels.

One Comment

  1. Joshua Ford said:

    I’m Joshua Ford writer of Class President and I joined the 12 & 13 Bertie contest at Sammy McClure Middle School and I was a special shout out winner and it said you could get a free autographed book and I would love to read last in a long line of rebels

    April 8, 2020

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