Rosanne Gordon of Dallas won a cash prize in the 2019 Ageless Authors International Writing Contest, while Tank Gunner of Duncanville had two stories among a dozen honored entries from Texas writers and poets.

The 2019 contest awarded first, second and third cash prizes in five different categories for a total of 15 cash prize winners. With the judging finished, 75 outstanding writers from around the world are being honored at the group’s website,

Our third contest, which ended in April, includes writing in Memoir, Humor, Adventure, Romance and Poetry. Participants include top professional writers as well as those who have never sold any of their writing.

Rosanne Gordon won third prize in the Humor category. Texans receiving honorable mentions are Tank Gunner of Duncanville and Claire Hart-Palumbo of Houston (Romance); Brenda Guyton of Dallas (Humor) and Scooter Smith of Dallas (Humor and Memoir); and Stephen Dunn of Dallas (Poetry).

The prolific and versatile Tank Gunner entered several categories and had an entry “recognized” along with Michelle Ferrer of Plano and Leah Rae Lake of Austin (Romance); Glenn Thaxton of Dallas (Humor); and Zandra Mink-Fuller of Burleson and Nick Sweet of Shepherd (Poetry).

“The quality of this year’s submissions is off the chart,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors. “It is only fitting that we honor a greater number of elderly writers who created these wonderful stories and poems.”

Carrollton author Jane Giddan and Dallas poet Ann Howells oversaw  the work of Ageless Authors’ international panel of writers, editors and publishers, numbering more than 40 judges this year, who read and evaluated each entry. The best work will be published later this year in the third collection of Ageless Authors Anthology. The first book is available now at and The second anthology will be released this summer.

In addition, all entrants will receive the comments of the judges who reviewed their submissions.

Ageless Authors offers writing contests and anthology publishing as well as ghostwriting and publishing services to older writers. “Many of our members have used other services and felt they were not treated fairly,” says Upshaw, who has more than 50 years of experience as a journalist, author and marketing executive. “We are growing a community of seasoned senior writers who help each other become successful.”

The best overall entry will be awarded the second annual Bivona Prize, named for the late co-founder of Ageless Authors, novelist and poet Ginnie Siena Bivona. The cash award for winning this prize is $250.

The next Ageless Authors writing contest will open for submissions in the fall. The writing categories for the next contest will be different from the just-completed contest. To view the rules and guidelines for that next contest, go to later this year.

“Because we feature only older writers, we are a showcase for their writing,” says Upshaw. “No one else exclusively promotes senior writers and they enjoy competing against each other. We are also becoming a place that publishers go to find outstanding senior writing for magazines and writing collections.”