Ageless Authors supports senior writers through contests, anthologies and publishing

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Ageless Authors supports senior writers through contests, anthologies and publishing.

Check here in the Fall for news of our next writing contest.

Senior writing contests, anthologies and publishing.

Access our writing contest results by clicking below:
2019 Ageless Authors Writing Contest Winners


Our second anthology of outstanding work from senior writers age 65 and older is available now. Purchase the book and receive a copy of our first anthology FREE.

DANG, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That and other senior moments from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest contains 34 short stories, essays and poetry from our 2018 contest. Read the powerful coming-of-age tale Moon of the Popping Trees by Bivona Prize winner Hugh Gardner; Geoffrey Graves’ ode to family quirkiness, The Klutzwit Gene; and Rae Lake’s stunning portrait of a woman on the run, Refugee, among many others.

Price $15.95 plus tax and shipping

Package worth $40 total 


Start Writing With A Manageable Project

By Edith Cook
You are aching to write the great American novel, or the life and times of a famous person you knew, or the definitive answer to the climate crisis, but can’t get started? Try a smaller project first.

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Ageless Authors Director Speaks to Senior Groups

Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors, speaks to senior groups about continuing to write into old age. Recently he told the Silver Leos writers everything they need to know about improving their writing at their monthly meeting at Texas A&M --...

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We Honor A Big Bunch of Anthology Selectees

Many entrants are confused about whether their work has been selected for publication. Check the lists below to see if you are represented. “We wish we could publish all of the stories and poems we receive,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors,...

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Travel the Rhine By River Cruiser

As my wife and I rushed through Heathrow Airport in London, we were gripped with the panic that accompanies those who are certain they will not make their connecting flight.

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We Offer These Services to People age 65 and Older…


Enter your best short stories, essays, poetry and artwork, win cash prizes. Feel the pride of authorship, impress your family and friends.


Your best entries appear in our anthologies, available for purchase. These books are proof that the creativity keeps flowing with age.


Want to publish a book but don’t know where to start? Now you can have editing, production, and promotional help from top professionals in the publishing business with a specialty serving senior writers.


“To the anthology judges’ credit, they favor writers who treat familiar topics with unpredictable style, sliding toward sly and pleasing and possessing twists in the tale. Diverse talent graces these pages, and while you might spot an overdone sentiment, you will always experience an exceptional storyteller. And it matters not one whit if she found her stride after she quit dancing to others’ tunes.”

Bill Sanderson
Dallas, TX author

“I appreciate you and your judges taking on the monumental task of running the Ageless Authors contest. You have a great program for senior writers. If there is one single thing that makes your contests great, I think, it is trust.”

Tank Gunner
Duncanville, Texas Author

Tank Gunner

I’m glad I found out about this site and that it has writing contests specifically for us older folks!

Ann Theresa McKerrow
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)

Ann Theresa McKerrow

“Ageless Authors captures the best offered by seasoned writers – and no other contest does that! I’m grateful to be judged against my peers. We may be the fine aged wines of the writing world!”

Jean Yeager
Rutland, VT author, essayist, playwright

“My interest in writing began a few years ago before my grandmother died at 96 years of age. She had saved all the letters I had sent her from Vietnam. My memories of actual events and the interesting people from my early life…are stories that I had never been able to tell until now.”

Larry Sanders
Dallas, TX author

“Recently I took a few writing classes at the local community college and started putting down stories about my past. With great trepidation, I submitted one to the Ageless Authors Contest as a sense of relief and pride came over me. I had actually created something that I felt worthy of an audience. The result of the contest almost didn’t matter. Of course, I received an additional and exciting benefit when the piece I submitted was recognized for quality.”

Hedda Herzog
Berkeley, CA short story writer

“At age 70, my biggest fear is that I’ll run out of time before I’ve written all the poems from the ideas scribbled on the paper scraps that cover my desk.”

Norma Bernstock
Milford, PA poet


Some of the best literature is written by and for senior readers and writers. We are collecting the finest books available for our bookstore, BOOKS FOR GROWNUPS. Each week, the number and quality grow under the expansive banner of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Click on the genre you prefer and see what we are offering now. Come back next week and the bookshelf will have more content. All books are available on Amazon.

We recommend the books whose covers are featured below. These volumes are from authors associated with Ageless Authors. Those offerings will change regularly.

Featured Books

Ann Howells

Shaneisha Dodson

James R. Callan

Jane Giddan

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Ageless Authors
10844 Meadowcliff Lane
Dallas, Texas 75238
214 405-5093

Want to know about our next writing contest? What about the next anthology? Looking to volunteer with Ageless Authors or need some help with your next writing project? In the message field to your left, tell us what you need and how we can help you. Ageless Authors is the only worldwide organization of senior writers age 65 and older. This is your group, dedicated to helping promote you. You may have a wild and crazy idea that's just right for this group. Tell us about it.

Larry Upshaw
Executive Director