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:
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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. 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. 

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. 

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Regrets, I've had a few, and some are worth writing about. Tell us about your foul-ups and miscalculations, with a focus on humor, compassion and unusual deeds.

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. 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.

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 in 3 days, 4 hours $20.00
$20.00

Lessons learned or left behind on life’s journey from childhood until now. Tell us a story of something your parents taught you or failed to teach, and what that means for you today. Focus on humor, compassion and overcoming difficulties. 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 just want your creative writing, 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.

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. 

Feel like you know good writing when you read it? The Ageless Authors 2017 writing contest for 65+ writers needs judges and we want to thank you in return.

The 2016 Ageless Authors  writing competition was wildly popular and we need judges for our 2017 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.

Entry Level Judging – September 15 – December 15

Semi-Final Judging – December 16 – January 15

Final Judging – January 16 -31, 2018

Submissions welcome September 15 – December 15 via SUBMITTABLE. 


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