Writing Contests

Winners of The Bertie!

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 [...]

By |2020-03-26T21:02:27-04:00March 27th, 2020|Writing Contests|1 Comment

The Bertie Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who entered The Bertie! All of the entries were great and we had such a HARD time choosing the winners. If your name is listed - congratulations! Lisa Lewis Tyre will be getting in touch with you soon to mail your check. If your name is not listed - don't worry. Every member of the Mafia has had stories that didn't win. It's part of being a writer. But the awesome thing [...]

By |2018-10-31T18:56:34-04:00October 31st, 2018|Writing Contests|0 Comments

The Bertie Short-Story Contest- Congratulations!

The Mafia Family loves everything middle-grade – middle grade books and middle grade authors – so imagine how excited we were to judge a contest by authors in middle school! The Bertie, a short-story contest for 10 -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. Congratulations to [...]

By |2017-11-16T12:55:23-05:00October 31st, 2017|Writing Contests|12 Comments

Writing Well – The Setting

Our own Mafia member, Lisa Lewis Tyre, is holding a short-story contest called The Bertie for students 10-13 years old. The Middle-Grade Mafia will serve as judges and will be posting writing tips for students in the weeks leading up to the contest. Today's topic is: The Setting,  by L.S. Bridgers. What is setting? Is it place or something more? I think it’s something more. It’s what drives your story. It is the only place [...]

By |2017-07-31T06:04:26-04:00July 31st, 2017|Writing Contests|1 Comment

Writing Contest Alert: PitchWars Starts on 8/3

Do you have a finished MS that needs a fresh set of eyes? Are you looking for a chance to have your story read by agents and editors looking for new, fresh authors? If so, you are ready to go to battle against other MG authors. You will need to hurry because Pitch Wars kicks off on 8/3/16. Visit the Pitch Wars website by clicking here! Also, check out the conversations on Twitter using the hashtag [...]

By |2016-08-02T10:54:36-04:00August 2nd, 2016|Writing Contests|0 Comments

The Bertie -Short Story Contest Winners!

  The Mafia Family loves everything middle-grade - middle grade books and middle grade authors - so imagine how excited 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 [...]

By |2016-05-14T14:29:27-04:00May 15th, 2016|Writing Contests|2 Comments

Pitch Perfect: #PitchWars 2015

July is coming to a close. Baseball is in its second half of the season, football is almost here, and pre-published writers are putting their final touches on the their manuscripts and query letters in preparation for Pitch Wars. For those who are not familiar with the writing contest, we will give you a quick rundown of what you need to know. The contest has writers submit their first chapter and a query letter to published/agented authors, editors [...]

By |2015-07-24T17:30:29-04:00July 24th, 2015|Writing Contests|0 Comments

Query Kombat 2015 Coming Soon!

Writing contest can be scary, stressful yet exciting. They are a great way to set deadlines forcing you to polish your manuscript. You can also meet other writers, add Twitter followers and make new Facebook friends. Best of all, even if you don't win, often times you will get some valuable feedback. So, get those queries ready for the 2015 Query Kombat hosted by Michelle Hauck and Michael Anthony. The contest is open to all unagented writers seeking representation. The submissions will be seen by [...]

By |2015-05-14T15:50:44-04:00May 15th, 2015|Writing Contests|0 Comments