Seniors are being urged to use their stay-at-home time to write about their experiences with the pandemic by the world’s largest writers’ group dedicated solely to creative oldsters.

“Coping With Crisis” is the theme of the current Ageless Authors Writing Contest accepting submissions from writers age 50 and older now through July 31 via Submission.com or by going to agelessauthors.com/current-contests/.

Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded in three categories — short stories up to 3,500 words; nonfiction essays up to 3,500 words and poems of unlimited length. Winners will split a winner’s pot of approximately $2,625US ($500 for first prize, $250 for second, $125 for third in each category). In addition, all finalists and honorable mention winners will be announced. Each entry requires a fee of $20US.

“We welcome submissions from both professional and nonprofessional writers from all over the world,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors, which is based in Dallas, Texas. “Older people are blessed with the gift of experience, having lived through wars, economic crashes and pandemics, as well as personal crises and those we studied in the history books. Here is the opportunity to put that sheltering time to good use, offering wisdom about dealing with these crises instead of just feeling they are stuck at home with little to do.”

This is Ageless Authors’ fourth international contest. The organization was founded in 2016 by Upshaw and the late poet and novelist Ginnie Bivona. Upshaw is retired after a 50-year career in journalism, public relations and marketing. He was CEO and Creative Director of Texas Law Marketing until 2018 and has ghostwritten a dozen books on law, health and business in conjunction with professionals in those fields.

To learn the rules and guidelines of “Coping With Crisis” or submit your work to the new contest, go to agelessauthors.com/current-contests/ or Submittable.com.