The following are prize winners in our 2017 and 2018 Ageless Authors Writing Contests for senior writers age 65 and older.

This is a nationwide contest, the only one exclusively for older writers. Stories came from almost every state, Canada and several other countries. The quality of the submissions was extraordinary. All were read by at least two of our outstanding judges. Submissions that made final judging were read by three or four different literature lovers. Stories that made this list are finely crafted works.

Many of these stories will be reprinted on this website or on our Facebook or LinkedIn pages in the coming months. These and other worthy submissions will be included in our next anthology due for publication in the fall.

2018 Winners

Category 1: Military Memories
First Prize – Refugee by Leah Lake, Austin, TX
Second Prize — Waiting for Uncle Sam by Larry Sanders, Dallas, TX
Third Prize (Tie) —Go Army! by Lynda Palmer, Atlanta, GA and
Come the Revolution by Scooter Smith, Dallas, TX
Honorable Mention:
The Letter by J. Allen Whitt, Albuquerque, NM
The Bunker by Robert Swandby, Boise, ID
Marching to a Different Drummer by Charles Smith, Hot Springs, AR
I, The Ensign by Susan Lindsley, Decatur, GA

Category 2: Dang, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That
First Prize — The Klutzwit Gene by Geoffrey Graves, Laguna Beach, CA
Second Prize — In the Midst of Life by Marc Hess, Fredericksburg, TX
Third Prize — Morning Thunder by Richard Perreault, Bryson City, NC
Honorable Mention:
That Ol’ Certainty by John Hunter, Rutland, VT
Words and When I Knew Them by Nancy Meyer, Portola Valley, CA
Aging by Brenda Mutchnick, Beverly Hills, CA
The Crux by Tank Gunner, Duncanville, TX
Summer of ’61 by Joe Crawford, Toccoa, GA

Category 3: Parents, For Better or Worse
First Prize — Moon of the Popping Trees by Hugh Gardner, Idledale, CO
Second Prize — Mr. Joiner’s Puppies by Evelyn Neil, Albuquerque, NM
Third Prize — A Proper Mother by Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mention:
The Broken Watch by Tank Gunner, Duncanville, TX
Plaques by Robert Nelis, Chicago, IL
Seven is the Magic Number by Kenneth Stewart, Collierville, TN
Exits and Entrances by Hedda Herzog, Berkeley, CA
Among Kindred Strangers by James Spence, Decatur, GA

Special Poetry Prize
The Door Gunner by J. Allen Whitt, Albuquerque, NM

2017 Winners

Essays
First Prize –“Kite Justice,” Jean Yeager, Rutland, Vt.
Second Prize — “Weathering,” Karen Mastracchio, Spring, Tx.
Third Prize — “My Puppy,” Larry Sanders, Dallas, Tx.
Honorable Mention — “Changes,” Tom Boone, Dallas, Tx; “Chiseled in Memory,” Murli Melwani, Plano, Tx.

Short Stories
First Prize — “Smooth Sheila,” John Garzone, Lenox, Ma.
Second Prize — “Rice Paddy,” Stephan Porter, Allen, Tx.
Third Prize — “Chupunza,” Valerie Gardner, Cornville, Az.
Honorable Mention — “Zugzwang,” Don Shook, Fort Worth, Tx; “Just a Petty Thief,” Donald McElfresh, Dallas, Tx; “The Kid Show,” Hyce Shaw, Dallas, Tx.

Poetry
First Prize — “Come Here,” Sherry Mills, Dallas, Tx.
Second Prize — “Procrastination,” Greg Rogers, Farmers Branch, Tx.
Third Prize — “Long Term Care,” Norma Bernstock, Milford, PA.
Honorable Mention — “A Winter Trek Along East Brush Creek,” Robert Robeson, Lincoln, Nebraska; “Box Purse,” Michael Owens, Cypress, Tx; “Morning Visitor,” Linda Mohr, N. Palm Beach, Florida.