Volunteers are invited to participate in judging of the third annual Ageless Authors International Writing Contest, now accepting submissions through March 15, 2019.

Entries will be accepted in four prose categories – memoir, humor adventure and romance — and poetry. Prospective judges can express a preference for one of these categories.

Writers submitting work in this contest must be age 65 or older. Judges do not have to be published writers. Having some younger judges is a plus, so judges over age 18 are wanted and needed.

“Good judges are so important to this process,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors. “The best judges are usually prolific readers or writers, but an interest in literature is all a judge needs, along with the time and patience to effectively evaluate the entries in a certain category.”

Many judges from past contests plan to judge once again. They include editors, proofers, writers, teachers, and other professionals (mostly doctors and lawyers) as well as retired entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

Each entry is read and scored by two or more judges, and those entries that reach the finals are usually scrutinized by four or more evaluators. Depending on the number of judges for the contest, each judge should have the time to read and evaluate between 10 and 20 entries.

There are two ways to sign up as a judge.

  1. Email larry@agelessauthors.com with your name, address and phone number. If you have a category preference, please state that in the email. If you have qualifications that you feel would make you an effective judge, please tell us about them.
  2.  Go to the group’s contest page, agelessauthors.com/current-contests/. Click on one of several submit buttons on the page to view the categories. Judging is the last signup on the page. Please fill in the requested information.

Ageless Authors is an organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting senior writers age 65 and older. Our current writing contest is the third annual. The most outstanding entries in this contest will be published in an anthology of best work later next year.