AGELESS AUTHORS 2019 WRITING CONTEST Is the only writing competition for authors age 65 and older. In this year's contest, content is kind. Write fiction or nonfiction on one of the following categories. Click on the category you want to read specific guidelines and submit an entry:

Ends on March 15, 2019$20.00
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This writing genre is a personal account of someone's own life that is focused on a specific theme, event, or time period. Looking back at an incident in your life is one of the major amusements of getting older. Test your memory, especially for detail. These personal essays are often not just about chronicling events, but also get at the emotional experiences and feelings of the writer as well. Maximum length 3,500 words.

Save entries on a Windows-based computer or MAC as a .docx or .txt file.

Enter as many submissions as you like, but each story or poem must be a separate entry.

Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced if possible.

The title of the entry should be the same at the top of the first page of the file as when submitting. The name of entrant should be the same throughout.

Page 1 of your entry file should be a title page that includes: Title, word count, name, mailing address, email address, phone number, bio.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes.

By submitting an entry, you permit us to reprint entry to promote you and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews. 

Ends on March 15, 2019$20.00
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  Q: What's the difference between publishers and terrorists? A: You can negotiate with terrorists. Writing humor is often considered one of the most difficult forms available. Try your hand at it, though. It can be a fictional account or the telling of a true story. Maximum length 3,500 words.

Save entries on a Windows-based computer or MAC as a .docx or .txt file.

Enter as many submissions as you like, but each story or poem must be a separate entry.

Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced if possible.

The title of the entry should be the same at the top of the first page of the file as when submitting. The name of entrant should be the same throughout.

Page 1 of your entry file should be a title page that includes: Title, word count, name, mailing address, email address, phone number, bio.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes.

By submitting an entry, you permit us to reprint entry to promote you and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews. 

Ends on March 15, 2019$20.00
$20.00

Most people like to hear or read a good adventure story well constructed and told. This can be fiction or nonfiction. A good storyteller can make an adventure story come to life. Maximum length 3,500 words. 

Save entries on a Windows-based computer or MAC as a .docx or .txt file.

Enter as many submissions as you like, but each story or poem must be a separate entry.

Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced if possible.

The title of the entry should be the same at the top of the first page of the file as when submitting. The name of entrant should be the same throughout.

Page 1 of your entry file should be a title page that includes: Title, word count, name, mailing address, email address, phone number, bio.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes.

By submitting an entry, you permit us to reprint entry to promote you and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews. 

Ends on March 15, 2019$20.00
$20.00

Romance is the #1 selling genre in mass-market fiction with readers clamoring for more! Try your hand at romance writing. Who knows? Our judges may offer suggestions to improve your overall writing. Your romance writing could start out as a story and could grow into a much-loved romance novel. Maximum length 3,500 words.

Save entries on a Windows-based computer or MAC as a .docx or .txt file.

Enter as many submissions as you like, but each story or poem must be a separate entry.

Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced if possible.

The title of the entry should be the same at the top of the first page of the file as when submitting. The name of entrant should be the same throughout.

Page 1 of your entry file should be a title page that includes: Title, word count, name, mailing address, email address, phone number, bio.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes.

By submitting an entry, you permit us to reprint entry to promote you and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews. 

Ends on March 15, 2019$20.00
$20.00

Save entries on a Windows-based computer or MAC as a .docx or .txt file.

Enter as many submissions as you like, but each story or poem must be a separate entry.

Submit all entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced if possible.

The title of the entry should be the same at the top of the first page of the file as when submitting. The name of entrant should be the same throughout.

Page 1 of your entry file should be a title page that includes: Title, word count, name, mailing address, email address, phone number, bio.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes.

By submitting an entry, you permit us to reprint entry to promote you and/or the work of Ageless Authors in anthologies, news stories or critical reviews. 

Feel like you know good writing when you read it? The Ageless Authors 2019 writing contest for 65+ writers needs judges and we want to thank you in return.

Our previous  writing competitions were wildly popular and we need judges for our 2019 competition. Become a volunteer judge and we will promote you and your book(s) on the Ageless Authors website and Facebook page. (Details on promotion further down the page.)

Be part of the most unique writing contest going and read work from some of the most “seasoned” writers. Our submissions are of highest quality and a joy to read and evaluate. To be a judge, you should 

  1. Be willing and able to judge other writers' work, whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry.
  2. Be comfortable working on the computer. Judging will be done on Submittable and we will give instructions.
  3. Have the time to read and evaluate submissions.

While all authors submitting work are 65+, there is no age requirement for judges. Anyone with an appreciation for good writing is eligible. Here is how the judging process works:


DEADLINES:

Recruiting and enrolling Judges – Now until we have all the judges we need.



CATEGORIES FOR 2017

For last year's contest, we split fiction, non-fiction and poetry into their own categories. Judging was more technical. This year, judges will be asked to read fiction, non-fiction and poetry together from one of three categories or prompts. You select the category you prefer and we will attempt to get you in that category. (If, however, a category is “short suited,” we reserve the right to put you in another category.) 

The standard of excellence is based more on which submissions you enjoy. You vote on the submissions that most affect you. We place a high priority on work that is warm, humorous, compassionate or inspiring. We don't want work that is purely factual -- news stories. Our approach should be more fun for the judges this year.

Category #1 – MILITARY MEMORIES

Tales of war or peace, in the field or on the home front.

Category #2 – DANG, I WISH I HADN’T DONE THAT!

Regrets, I’ve had a few. And, some are worth writing about.

Category #3 – PARENTS, FOR BETTER OR WORSE

Lessons learned or left behind. Tell us a story of something your parents taught you or failed to teach. What does that mean to you today?


LEVELS OF JUDGING (Take your pick!)

There are two levels of judging:  You can request participation in either or both levels based on your availability. Our goal is to make this process fun for you. We will have enough judges so that no one is overworked.

ENTRY LEVEL JUDGES

Category – Self-select category you prefer. Be willing to accept and read at least 10x submissions of the various types within two weeks.

A Category Team Leader will assign submissions to you and follow up. Contact your team leader for any problems.

On Submittable, judge each submission with a simple “Thumbs Up” (acceptable) or “Thumbs Down” (unacceptable). We encourage you to leave a constructive comment on each submission that will be read by the author, such as "outstanding dialogue," "surprising ending," "need to correct misspellings, grammar errors”, “technical page formatting problems”, etc. Authors appreciate feedback that is given in a constructive spirit.

 SEMI-FINAL LEVEL JUDGES

Self-select the category you prefer. Be willing and able to accept at least 10x submissions of the various types within two weeks.

Category Team Leader will assign submissions. Say you have a total of 17 "Thumbs Up" submissions. Judge each submission with a ranking of 1 (lowest, barely made the list) to 5 (highest, best) via the Submittable website.

Make notes for entries to help final judging and they may be shared with authors. 

FINAL JUDGING

Will be a third level of judging, but it will be the Category Team Leaders working in conjunction with Publisher to select winners in each category. Decision of the Publisher is final. Will announce winners by February 1, 2018.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR JUDGING

Judges will be acknowledged in the 2017 Anthology and on the Ageless Authors website and Facebook pages. Can send out press releases to judge's local media, promoting judge, books or other media offered by judge and/or events engaged in by judge.

Judges will receive certificate of appreciation from Ageless Authors as well as other promotional items.

Bio for the anthology – Please provide an approximately 250-word biography of you along with links to any and all websites where readers can purchase your books. 

For the Ageless Authors bookstore – A 50-word blurb for each of your books that you would like to offer for sale, along with a JPG or PDF of the cover of each book. Be sure to include a web link to the site where the book can be purchased. We will only display the book if it is available for purchase at the website given.

WE WANT AND NEED YOUR EXPERTISE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE A JUDGE, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU!

THANKS!

Larry Upshaw
Editorial Director

Ageless Authors