Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! Okay, we have several winners!

Before I get to those who won, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered. It’s a privilege to read your stories. If you don’t see your name below, take heart! Every writer you love has lost contests, received rejection letters, or gotten a bad review. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you created a story and characters that didn’t exist before you put them to paper, so great job!

Thank you so much to the Middle-Grade Mojo for judging the contest. They emailed me several times to say that this year’s entries were all so good that it was making their job very difficult.

Thank you, Fat Reels for creating the form and providing technical support.

And of course, thank you Winnwood Retirement for donating the prize money!

Winners of The Bertie      10 and 11-year-old Division

1st Place VAMP FOREST by Burke Sabatini ($100)

2nd Place THE REASON WE GOT A NEW CAR by Gabby Branning ($75)

3rd Place FINDING A FAMILY by Elodie Saint-Joie ($50)

Honorable Mention

UNLUCKY 15 by Madyson Armstrong ($25)

HELPING THE HOMELESS by Ashlyn Butler ($25)


Winners of The Bertie      12 and 13-year-old Division

1st Place RAIN by Zoe Schultz ($100)

2nd Place TIE – CREATURE ACADEMY by Amelia Morris ($75)

2nd Place TIE – THE KINGDOM by Derek Race ($75)

3rd Place – ALWAYS SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS by Ula Durow ($50)

Honorable Mention

GONE by Reese ($25)

To receive your check, please email your address to  Bertie (at) Lisa Lewis Tyre (dot) com.

Special Shout-Out




Kendyl, Joshua and Deidre, I told you that the judges were impressed with the entries. Although you didn’t win, they had great things to say about each of your stories.  All of the prize money has been given away, but I would like to send a free, autographed copy of one of my books to each of you. Just email me with your address and which one of my books you’d like and I will mail it to you. 🙂

Bertie (at) Lisa Lewis Tyre (dot) com.

Thanks again for entering The Bertie. Keep writing and keep reading!


Lisa Lewis Tyre is the author of LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS and HOPE IN THE HOLLER. To learn more about her books or The Bertie, visit her website at

The Bertie is a writing contest created by Lisa Lewis Tyre to encourage young writers to pursue their dream.