DALLAS – Friday, March 15 is the deadline for the third annual Ageless Authors Writing Contest. Writers age 65 and older should get themselves online to agelessauthors.com/current-contests/ to review rules and guidelines and submit entries.
Cash prizes and certificates of excellence will be awarded for the outstanding memoir, humor, adventure and romance writing, plus poetry. Entries can be fiction or nonfiction. Stories should be no more than 3,500 words and poems a maximum of 50 lines.
In addition, the best entry in the entire contest will receive the Bivona Prize for bold, innovative writing. The award honors novelist and poet Ginnie Siena Bivona, who founded Ageless Authors in 2016 and died earlier this year.
Ageless Authors personnel carry out unique book signings and readings for senior writers in bookstores and retirement communities all across the country.
A $20 entry fee is required with each submission. For this fee, submissions are read by at least two judges, who will comment on each piece of work. If a judge sees a way to improve the work, he or she may offer suggestions to authors. Most judges are writers, editors or teachers and prolific readers of literature.
Ageless Authors is the only nationwide writers’ group dedicated exclusively to encouraging and promoting the work of senior writers. That’s why this contest is so important. The winning entries in this contest will be published in an anthology of best work late next year. Ageless Authors also offers publishing services to older authors who need help getting their work into the marketplace.