AGELESS AUTHORS WRITING CONTEST Is the only competition for writers age 65 and older. Click on the category you want to read specific guidelines and submit an entry:

All entrants must be age 65 and older. May enter as many times as you want, but each individual entry requires a separate entry fee. Give a 100-word bio written in third person, that you would be proud to publish with writing and publishing credits and other accomplishments.  We intend to brag on you a little bit, so write this bio well.

Entry should be short fiction or short essay of 1,000 words or less, or short poetry of 12 lines or less, any subject matter, any style. Can have been previously entered in other contests and/or published before. Segments taken from author's other fictional material, either published or not published, are eligible.

Actual submission should be a PDF file prepared on a Windows-based or MAC computer. Word files (.doc, .docx, and .txt) are accepted but may appear scrambled or otherwise incomplete to the judges, and therefore difficult to evaluate. 

Submission file should include ONLY title and copy, NOT bio, name or contact info. Material about author will be in Submittable files.

Make sure the title you submit to Submittable is the same as the title you place on the submission file.

The name of the author and that person's contact info must be correct. If the person submitting the entry is not the author, understand that all communication will go to the person registered with Submittable.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes. Do not explain your work, just write.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue, if any.

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

Ends on $10.00
$10.00

RULES SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CONTEST

All entrants must be age 65 and older. May enter as many times as you want, but each individual entry requires a separate entry fee. Give a 100-word bio written in third person, that you would be proud to publish with writing and publishing credits and other accomplishments.  We intend to brag on you a little bit, so write this bio well.

Entry should be short fiction of 1,000 words or less, any subject matter, any style. Can have been previously entered in other contests and/or published before. Segments taken from author's other fictional material, either published or not published, are eligible.

Actual submission should be a PDF file prepared on a Windows-based or MAC computer. Word files (.doc, .docx, and .txt) are accepted but may appear scrambled or otherwise incomplete to the judges. 

Submission file should include ONLY title and copy, NOT bio, name or contact info. Material about author will be in Submittable files.

Make sure the title you submit to Submittable is the same as the title you place on the submission file.

Make sure the name of the author and that person's contact info are correct. If the person submitting the entry is not the author, understand that all communication will go to the person registered with Submittable.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes. Do not explain your work, just write.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue, if any.

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




RULES SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CONTEST

All entrants must be age 65 and older. May enter as many times as you want, but each individual entry requires a separate entry fee. Give a 100-word bio written in third person, that you would be proud to publish with writing and publishing credits and other accomplishments.  We intend to brag on you a little bit, so write this bio well.

Entry should be short essay of 1,000 words or less, any subject matter, any style. Can have been previously entered in other contests and/or published before. Segments taken from author's other nonfictional material, either published or not published, are eligible.

Actual submission should be a PDF file prepared on a Windows-based or MAC computer. Word files (.doc, .docx, and .txt) are accepted but may appear scrambled or otherwise incomplete to the judges. 

Submission file should include ONLY title and copy, NOT bio, name or contact info. Material about author will be in Submittable files.

Make sure the title you submit to Submittable is the same as the title you place on the submission file.

Make sure the name of the author and that person's contact info are correct. If the person submitting the entry is not the author, understand that all communication will go to the person registered with Submittable.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes. Do not explain your work, just write.

Pay attention to details. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Reread your dialogue, if any.

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

Ends on $10.00
$10.00

RULES SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CONTEST

All entrants must be age 65 and older. May enter as many times as you want, but each individual entry requires a separate entry fee. Give a 100-word bio written in third person, that you would be proud to publish with writing and publishing credits and other accomplishments.  We intend to brag on you a little bit, so write this bio well.

Entry should be short poetry of 12 lines or less, any subject matter, any style. Can have been previously entered in other contests and/or published before. Segments taken from author's other fictional material, either published or not published, are eligible.

Actual submission should be a PDF file prepared on a Windows-based or MAC computer. Word files (.doc, .docx, and .txt) are accepted but may appear scrambled or otherwise incomplete to the judges. 

Submission file should include ONLY title and copy, NOT bio, name or contact info. Material about author will be in Submittable files.

Make sure the title you submit to Submittable is the same as the title you place on the submission file.

Make sure the name of the author and that person's contact info are correct. If the person submitting the entry is not the author, understand that all communication will go to the person registered with Submittable.

Don’t provide page numbers, footers, headers, endnotes or footnotes. Do not explain your work, just write.

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

By submitting an entry in this category, you agree to 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? Do you want to encourage good writing in senior writers? The Ageless Authors Writing Contest for 65+ writers needs qualified judges with compassion and good judgment.

Our writing competitions have become wildly popular with senior writers and poets all over the world. Become a volunteer judge and participate in this great undertaking. We need your expertise. In addition, 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 entirely on Submittable and we will give instructions.
  3. Have the time to read and evaluate submissions.
  4. Have the expertise needed to evaluate this material. Some experience judging or evaluating written work and offering constructive criticism is preferred.
  5. Understand that the mission of Ageless Authors is to encourage and promote the work of senior writers. We are not here to harshly evaluate this work or impress entrants with our knowledge of writing, but to offer positive ways to improve the work. 

While all authors submitting work are 65+, there is no age requirement for judges. Anyone with an appreciation for good writing and commitment to our mission is eligible. 


Here is how the judging process works for our next contest. We will have at least one other contest in 2020:


DEADLINES:

Submissions -- November 1-February 1

Tell us the category you would like most, what type of writing speaks to you and that you feel competent to review and evaluate. We will do our best to accommodate you.


CATEGORIES FOR 2020


Short ... Everything

Storytelling without Wasting Words


Category #1 -- SHORT FICTION

Economical storytelling. No wasted words. Complete a piece of fiction in 1,000 words or less.

 

Category #2 -- SHORT ESSAY (NONFICTION)

Complete a thought. Back it up with facts. Persuade or enlighten in 1,000 words or less. 


Category #3 -- SHORT POETRY

Create vivid images in our minds. Any subject is fine. Give us poetry in any style. Limited to 12 lines or less.


VOLUNTEERING FOR ENTRY LEVEL JUDGING

There are two levels of judging. By accepting our invitation, you are volunteering for the first level. Each entry into our contests is read and evaluated by at least two judges. Second level judging may take place as needed. Our goal is to make this process fun for you. We should have enough judges so that no one is overworked.


ENTRY LEVEL JUDGING

Self-select category you prefer. Be willing to accept and read at least 15 submissions of the various types within two weeks.

Set up a personal account for yourself on Submittable.com and tell the Contest Leader you have done that and the email address you used for registration

Your Contest Leader will tell Submittable to send you a certain number of entries. There will be several areas of evaluation for the submission and you will be asked questions about each area. 

You will be asked to score each submission on a scale of 1 to 100 points. Submissions must score at least 75 points to be considered for the second level of judging. Most submissions considered for cash prizes will score in the 90s and honorable mentions will score at least 85. Keep these scores in mind if you believe a submission should be considered for a prize or other recognition.

There will also be an area to comment on each submission, offering suggestions to submitters on improving stories. Comments are much appreciated by entrants.


SECOND LEVEL JUDGING

In case of tie scores or disagreement with the first level judging, you may be asked to read and evaluate a few submissions again or score a submission you have not seen before. This will only be as needed to make a final judgment.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT FOR JUDGING

Judges will be acknowledged in the next 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 – On your Submittable application, please provide an approximately 100-word biography of you along with links to any and all websites where readers can purchase your books or read your writings. This bio should be in third person and otherwise suitable for publication with all writing and publishing credits and other accomplishments.

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. The book must be available on Amazon.

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