Ageless Authors, the first publishing project exclusively for writers and artists age 65 and older, is now accepting submissions for the first nationwide senior writing contest and senior art contest. The deadline for entries is August 15, 2016.

Older writers and artists can submit short stories, essays, poetry, and line drawings for judging at www.agelessauthors.com. An entry fee of $15 is required for each submission. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories; $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.

Experienced judges from across the nation will judge the entries. Winning entries will be published in the first anthology, to be released this fall. Winning writers and artists will also receive free copies of the book. Additional copies 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, 84, 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 to write and publish their life story, as well as other works. Her favorite client is 91 years old.

Co-founder Larry Upshaw, 68, 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 the people I grew up with wanted to make their mark in music, writing and art, but they had to make a living,” Upshaw says. “Now at retirement they are returning to what gave them pleasure. There is a lot of talent out there.”

Ageless Authors was created to celebrate that talent, and the delight of seeing gifted seniors’ work in print in an Ageless Authors anthology. For more information, go to www.agelessauthors.com or call Ginnie Bivona at 972 671-0002.