Canadian poet Dean Gessie has won first prize, a $500 award and a certificate of achievement in the Coping With Crisis – Poetry category of the just-completed Ageless Authors Writing Contest. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded by Dianalee Velie of Newbury, New Hampshire (second prize, $250 and a certificate of achievement) and Blythe Darlyn Thatcher of Murray, Utah (third prize, $125, and a certification of achievement.

In addition to the three cash prize winners, Ageless Authors announces finalists in the poetry category. Finalists have received the following certificates of achievement:

Diana Woodcock
Midlothian, VA

Cindy Vandersluis
Bainbridge Island, WA

Cathy Hollister
Hermitage, TN

M.J. Washington
Turtle Creek, PA

Tony Zurlo
Arlington, TX

Milton Jordan
Georgetown, TX

Cheryl Caesar
East Lansing, MI

Nick Sweet
Shepherd, TX