AGELESS AUTHORS 2017 CONTEST Is the ONLY national writing competition for authors age 65+. Write a short story, essay or poetry on one of the following categories. Click on the category you want to read specific guidelines and submit an entry:
Ends on February 28, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Tales of war and peace, in the field and on the home front. Don’t just refight a battle. Focus on humor, compassion and unusual deeds in war or on the home front during wartime or after. We accept essays, short stories and poetry about this topic. Poetry should be no more than 50 lines. Short stories and essays can be a maximum of 3,500 words.

Submit entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced. Do not use a cover page. First page of entry should include title, word count, submission. Title should be the same as name of Microsoft Word file.

Do not provide page numbers, footers, headers, or endnotes and especially no footnotes. We just want your creative writing, not sources or explanations of your writing. We are looking for outstanding storytellers, but do not put your name on manuscript pages. Make sure you enter your name and bio on the submission cover page. Bio should be no more than 100 words and written in third person for publication. You can use the bio to promote other books you have written, even where the reader can buy them. Don't be shy about your accomplishments.

Before submitting, you might want to purchase a copy of Ageless Authors Anthology to get a feel for the writing level. Go to AgelessAuthors.com or Amazon.com to make your purchase.

All contest judging will be complete within 30 days of the end of the submission period.

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

Ends on February 28, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Regrets, I've had a few, and some are worth writing about. What could be more fun than crafting a story about your foul-ups and miscalculations, with a focus on humor, compassion and unusual deeds. Writing about the screw-ups of others could be more fun, and that is totally within the bounds of this category.

Loosen up! This topic is only restricted by your imagination. So far, we've had fewer submissions in this category than the others, so here's a good place to win one of our cash prizes.

We accept essays, short stories and poetry about this topic. Poetry should be no more than 50 lines. Short stories and essays can be a maximum of 3,500 words.

Submit entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced. Do not use a cover page. First page of entry should include title, word count, submission. Title should be the same as name of Microsoft Word file.

Do not provide page numbers, footers, headers, or endnotes and especially no footnotes. We just want your creative writing, not sources or explanations of your writing. We are looking for outstanding storytelling. Do not put your name on manuscript pages, but make sure you enter your name and bio on the submission cover page. Bio should be no more than 100 words and written in third person for publication. You can use the bio to promote other books you have written, even where the reader can buy them. Don't be shy about your accomplishments.

Before submitting, you might want to purchase a copy of Ageless Authors Anthology to get a feel for the writing level. Go to AgelessAuthors.com or Amazon.com to make your purchase.

All judging will be complete within 30 days of the end of the submission period.

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

Ends on February 28, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Lessons learned or left behind on life’s journey from childhood until now are some of the best. 

Tell us a story of something your parents taught you or failed to teach, or you taught your kids, and what that means for you today. Focus on humor, compassion, overcoming difficulties. There are no boundaries for this category except please don’t send us news stories.

We accept essays, short stories and poetry about this topic. Poetry should be no more than 50 lines. Short stories and essays can be a maximum of 3,500 words.

Submit entries in Microsoft Word, double spaced. Do not use a cover page. First page of entry should include title, word count, submission. Title should be the same as name of Microsoft Word file.

Do not provide page numbers, footers, headers, or endnotes and especially no footnotes. We want great storytelling, not sources or explanations of your writing. Do not put your name on manuscript pages, but make sure you enter your name and bio on the submission cover page. Bio should be no more than 100 words and written in third person for publication. You can use the bio to promote other books you have written, even where the reader can buy them. Don't be shy about your accomplishments.

Before submitting, you might want to purchase a copy of Ageless Authors Anthology to get a feel for the writing level. Go to AgelessAuthors.com or Amazon.com to make your purchase.

All judging will be complete within 30 days of the end of the submission period. 

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