Bertie, 2018 – Writing Contest for Students


Do you love writing? Are you 10, 11, 12 or 13 years old? Then I have a writing contest just for you! Did I mention there are prizes?

Ribbons are great, but money is better, amiright?





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 (seriously, check out their highlight reels, FABULOUS) 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, again, thank you to my terrific sponsor –

 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.


 Winnwood Retirement is an amazing place so if you know of seniors in the Atlanta area, tell them to check it out!



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!

PLEASE NOTE – There will be a link provided where you upload your story at Fat Reels. It will go live on September 1st.


  1. Anonymous said:

    Hello, Can you tell me when the link will be posted for the 2018 contest? Thank you!

    September 12, 2018
    • Anonymous said:

      The link has been live since September 1st. It’s on the most recent post at

      Good luck!

      September 12, 2018
  2. Anonymous said:

    hi can you tele when the winner will be announced ?

    October 12, 2018
    • Anonymous said:

      Yes! The judges will send me the winners and I will post them on October 31st! Good luck!

      October 14, 2018

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