Category #1 in the 2017 Ageless Authors Writing Contest is Military Memories. Entrants are asked to pen a short story, essay or poem that relates a rich and interesting tale of the battlefield, back on the base or on the home front. We want stories that encompass the full breadth of emotion and humanity surrounding our country’s military, with emphasis on humor, compassion and emotion. For more information and to submit entries, click here.

Military Memories is one of three topics or prompts to write about in this year’s edition of the nationwide writing contest for people age 65 and older. Each submission will be acknowledged. Winners in each category will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize — $50 for third prize, $75 for second and $100 for first. A total of nine cash prizes will be awarded.

“Our approach this year is unique,” says Larry Upshaw, Editorial Director of Ageless Authors. “Last year we requested the best short story, essay and poem regardless of topic. This year, the story is the thing. Prizes will be awarded for the best storytelling, and fiction, nonfiction and poetry will compete against each other to determine the best telling.”

Deadline for entries is December 15. Each submission requires a $20 fee. This contest is a service of Ageless Authors, an organization devoted to encouraging creative seniors to live life to the fullest.