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WINNERS! Results of our 2018 Ageless Authors Writing Contest


Ginnie Bivona (left) congratulates Dallas writer Sherry Mills for her winning poem in a past contest.

The following are the prize winners in our 2018 Ageless Authors Writing Contest for senior writers age 65 and older. This is a nationwide contest, the only one exclusively for older writers. We received submissions in three categories – Military Memories; Dang, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That; and Parents, For Better or Worse.

Stories came from almost every state, Canada and several other countries. The quality of this year’s submissions was extraordinary.  Every one was read by at least two of our outstanding judges. Submissions that made final judging were read by three or four different literature lovers. Stories that made this list are finely crafted works.

In the next few weeks, each writer listed below will receive a certificate as a prize winner or honorable mention. Prize winners will also receive their cash prizes — $100 for first prize, $75 for second prize and $50 for third prize – with their certificate. The winner of our Special Poetry Prize will also receive a certificate and $100.

Many of these stories will be reprinted on this website or on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages in the coming months. These and other worthy submissions will be included in our next anthology due for publication in the fall.

As for now, just soak in the names of the winners. They deserve it.

Category 1: Military Memories

First Prize – Refugee by Leah Lake, Austin, TX
Second Prize — Waiting for Uncle Sam by Larry Sanders, Dallas, TX
Third Prize (Tie) —Go Army! by Lynda Palmer, Atlanta, GA and Come the Revolution by Scooter Smith, Dallas, TX
Honorable Mention:
The Letter by J. Allen Whitt, Albuquerque, NM
The Bunker by Robert Swandby, Boise, ID
Marching to a Different Drummer by Charles Smith, Hot Springs, AR
I, The Ensign by Susan Lindsley, Decatur, GA

Category 2: Dang, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That

First Prize — The Klutzwit Gene by Geoffrey Graves, Laguna Beach, CA
Second Prize — In the Midst of Life by Marc Hess, Fredericksburg, TX
Third Prize — Morning Thunder by Richard Perreault, Bryson City, NC
Honorable Mention:
That Ol’ Certainty by John Hunter, Rutland, VT
Words and When I Knew Them by Nancy Meyer, Portola Valley, CA
Aging by Brenda Mutchnick, Beverly Hills, CA
The Crux by Tank Gunner, Duncanville, TX
Summer of ’61 by Joe Crawford, Toccoa, GA

Category 3: Parents, For Better or Worse

First Prize — Moon of the Popping Trees by Hugh Gardner, Idledale, CO
Second Prize — Mr. Joiner’s Puppies by Evelyn Neil, Albuquerque, NM
Third Prize — A Proper Mother by Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mention:
The Broken Watch by Tank Gunner, Duncanville, TX
Plaques by Robert Nelis, Chicago, IL
Seven is the Magic Number by Kenneth Stewart, Collierville, TN
Exits and Entrances by Hedda Herzog, Berkeley, CA
Among Kindred Strangers by James Spence, Decatur, GA

Special Poetry Prize

The Door Gunner by J. Allen Whitt, Albuquerque, NM