The Mafia Family loves everything middle-grade – middle grade books and middle grade authors – so imagine how exLast in the Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyrecited we were to judge a contest by authors in middle school!

The Bertie, a short-story contest for 11-13 year olds, was founded by Mafia member, Lisa Lewis Tyre. The contest was named after Bertie, a grandmother, who is one of the most beloved characters in her book, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS.

All of the entries were amazing which made judging very difficult, but we managed to reach a consensus. Without further ado, the winners of The Bertie are –

 1st Place:

Beyond Reality, by Brandon Bell ($250.00 dollars)

2nd Place:

Faces on the Ceiling, by Rosie Curtis ($150.00 dollars)

3rd Place:

The Basement, by Maddie Cargile ($100.00 dollars)

Honorable Mention –

Seasonal Rounds, by Noel Vanderbilt ($50.00 dollars)

An Everlasting Promise, by Isobel Worley ($50.00 dollars)

Thank YOU to everyone who entered the contest. It was an honor to read your entertaining stories. Please keep writing and don’t forget to submit next year!

If you are listed above, please email your address where you’d like your check sent to Bertie (at) LisaLewisTyre (dot) com.