Senior storytellers from all across the country have been announced as top romance writers in the 2019 Ageless Authors Writing Contest. Romance is just one category in the “ageless” contest, which was open to both amateur and professional writers age 65 and older.

Other results in the categories of memoir, humor, adventure and poetry will be announced in the coming days as they become available. These submissions are being evaluated by a highly qualified cadre of volunteers, including accomplished writers and editors, educators and professional people.

First prize in Romance was won by R.F. Marazas of Belvidere, New Jersey for Remembering Teresa. Belle Brett of Somerville, Massachusetts earned second prize for Meatloaf Madness. The Last Norwegians on Russell Avenue by Debra J. Stone of Robbinsdale, Minnesota took third prize. Each of these winners will receive a certificate, a cash prize and a copy of the anthology that will be published later this year to include their entries.

Honorable mentions were earned by A Door That Opens Into A Courtyard — Michael Kramer, Lacey, WA; Fan Fan Foo — Tank Gunner, Duncanville, Texas; Just A Friend of the Family — Geoffrey Graves, Laguna Beach, CA; Lemon Tree — Claire Hart-Palumbo; Houston, Texas.

These entries were among more than 400 submissions received in the six-months-long contest. Senior writers submitted entries from every state, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Australia.

“The quality of our submissions is superb,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors. “I say this each year because it’s true. The inventiveness and creativity shown in these entries is off the chart. We have award-winning authors and playwrights who want to have their work judged against others their age. We even had one playwright who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. But we get some wonderful surprises from people who’ve never earned their living as a writer — engineers, sales professionals, housewives, military personnel, lawyers and doctors — who’ve returned to the love of writing in their retirement and are fantastic storytellers.”

To reward the high quality of submissions, Ageless Authors added a group to recognize in each category. They didn’t win a cash prize but received fairly high marks from the judges.

Those Recognized include A Travel Story from the Word Go — Tom Sheehan; Saugus, MA; Cell Mates — Allen Lang; Chicago, IL; Crying — Judith R. Robinson; Pittsburgh, PA; Maybe It Was Love — Dr. Irving Greenfield; Staten Island, NY; Next — Lynda Palmer; Cedar Rapids, IA; Shadow Dancers — Michelle Ferrer; Plano, Texas; So Long, Soldier Boy — Chimp Robertson; Hooker, OK; The Thaw — Leah Lake; Austin, Texas; The Visitors — Tank Gunner; Duncanville, Texas.

Ageless Authors will conduct another contest beginning later this year. Check this website for the details.