Volunteers are invited to participate in judging of the 2019 Ageless Authors Writing Contest, which begins October 15, 2018.

Entries will be accepted in three categories – fiction, nonfiction 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. The group also believes that having some younger judges is a plus, so judges over age 18 are wanted.

“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 25 entries.

To sign up as a judge, email Larry Upshaw at larry@agelessauthors.com.