Ageless Authors, the first publishing project exclusively for writers age 65 and older, is now accepting submissions for this year’s edition of our nationwide writing contest. Professional and amateur writers can submit short stories, essays, and poetry based on any of three topics – Military Memories; Dang I Wish I Hadn’t Done That; and Parents, For Better or Worse. To learn more or submit your work, go to agelessauthors.com/current-contests.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each category; $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. Winners and other outstanding entries will also be published in the second edition of Ageless Authors Anthology. Each submission requires an entry fee of $20 and the deadline for submissions is December 15.
The first Ageless Authors anthology, with 52 outstanding entries, will be released this fall. The book will be available on the website, at Amazon.com and from other booksellers.
“We want to showcase the talent of older writers and artists,” says Dallas novelist and poet Ginnie Siena Bivona, one of the founders of Ageless Authors. “Now we are free to enjoy our creativity and a life full of the experiences that make good writing possible.”
Ms. Bivona, 86, started writing when she was in her early 50s. She has written a novel adapted into a Hallmark TV movie, four other books, and the script for a TV series. She offers publishing services to writers of all ages, helping them publish their life story, as well as other works. Her most prolific client is 91 years old.
Co-founder Larry Upshaw, 70, is a Dallas-based writer and marketing executive who has published a dozen books in law, medicine and business. He has also written for many national and regional publications.
“Many of my contemporaries grew up wanting to become musicians, writers and artists, but their parents insisted they get a job and make a living,” Upshaw says. “Now at retirement they are returning to what gave them pleasure. There is a lot of talent out there among the Baby Boomers and The Greatest Generation.”