Entries accepted thru December 15


Earn prizes, compete against other writers 65 and older


Ginnie Bivona (left) congratulates Dallas writer Sherry Mills for her winning poem in the 2016 Ageless Authors Writing Contest.

AGELESS AUTHORS 2017 CONTEST Is the ONLY national writing competition exclusively for authors age 65+. This year we are emphasizing military memories, frequent foul-ups and the parent-child relationship.

AGELESS AUTHORS is your community of talented older people. Last year, we asked you to submit short stories, essays and poetry on any subject that interested you. We received a flood of submissions so great that we were overwhelmed. So this year we have more judges and a unique approach to your work.

From now thru December 15, submit short stories, essays and poetry on any of the categories or prompts listed below. The question is not who is the best fiction writer, essayist or poet. It’s who can best tell a story using one of these different forms of writing. The emphasis is on your storytelling ability, and several entrants have told us how much they appreciate our unique approach.

We are looking for humorous, moving or compassionate submissions, not just a set of facts. Stories can come from your life or your imagination.


Here is what we are writing about this year:

Category #1:

“Military Memories”

Tales of war and peace, in the field and on the home front. Don’t just refight a battle. Focus on humor, compassion and unusual deeds in war or on the home front during wartime.

Category #2:

“Dang, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That”

Stories of your foul-ups and miscalculations, with a focus on humor, compassion and unusual deeds. Have fun with this category, either fiction or nonfiction.

Category #3:

“Parents, For Better or Worse”

Lessons learned or left behind on life’s journey from childhood until now. Tell us a story of something your parents taught you or failed to teach. What does that mean for you today?


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category!

1st place wins $100, a certificate and one copy of the anthology of the best work.

2nd place wins $75, a certificate and one copy.

3rd place wins $50, a certificate and one copy.

Everyone who places in the contest will have their entries reprinted in the 2018 Ageless Authors Anthology.

Winners who have other books in print or e-books will have their books available through the Ageless Authors Bookstore.



Poetry should be no more than 50 lines.

Short stories (fiction) and essays (nonfiction) can be a maximum of 3,500 words.


Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced in 12pt type and saved on a PC or MAC as a .docx file. If you are using a different word processing program, please identify the program and give us your entry as close to this size as possible. Entries can also be saved as doc., .rtf or txt files.

Do not use a cover page. First page of entry should include the following:

  • Title in 18 pt type
  • Word count of the entry
  • Submission in 12pt. type

We just want your creative writing, not sources or explanations of your writing. Do not provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes and especially no footnotes.

Before you submit your entry, check your spelling. All word processing programs, including every version of Word, contains a spell checking application. Check your grammar. Most programs have this built in.

Dialogue is very important. Reread your dialogue to make sure it’s how people actually talk.

Attention to detail is essential. Details are easily misplaced. In one story submitted to our first contest, five people were in a room. One by one, three of them left the room. What happened to the other two? We’ll never know. This was otherwise a very fine story that failed the test of detail.


No submissions will be accepted by email or by regular mail directly to Ageless Authors. All submissions for this contest should be made on the Submittable.com website.

Every short story, essay or poem represents a separate entry that must be entered and paid for separately.

The submission page for each entry provides space for your contact and bio information. Bio should be no more than 100 words and written in third person for publication.

By submitting an entry, the author permits us to reprint and publish entry to promote the author and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews.

All contact information supplied with submissions can be used to inform entrants about future contests, anthologies or any other activity of Ageless Authors. We will never sell your contact info to a third party.

Submissions are open now

Deadline December 15, 2017

Winners will be announced by the end of January, 2018,

Entry fee $20 per submission. A submission is one piece of work. If you have a short story and an essay, that is two entries. If you have three poems, that is three entries.

If you have difficulty with Submittable.com, they offer support. If that fails, get your kids or grandkids to help. After all, you taught them to use a spoon.

You can also contact Larry Upshaw at larry@agelessauthors.com or 214 405-5093. If we are not available, make your submissions and include any questions on the cover page.