Ageless Authors Virtual Open Mic

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Join us for an open mic, inspired by the Ageless Authors Anthology, featuring writers 65 and older.

This event is free and open to all and hosted by playwright and screenwriter Jean Yeager, winner of 2020's Ageless Authors Fiction Prose Category and Bianca Amira Zanella of Phoenix Books.


DANG, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That and Other Senior Moments from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest is a powerful collection of 34 stories and poems from the writing group’s 2018 competition for seniors age 65 and older. Ageless Authors is the only writers’ group and publisher that promotes older writers exclusively.

Reviewers also consider the book unique. Kirkus Reviews calls it “A vibrant collection of pieces by an eclectic group of older writers.” goes even further: “A display of courage and vision, this remarkable collection of stories and poems could be a step forward in laying the foundation for a new literary field that reflects the wisdom and experience of seniority.”

Readers are treated to a wide-ranging array of works from highly experienced professional writers as well as those who forged careers in education, law, medicine, sales and many other types of jobs before returning to the craft in retirement. The categories in that contest were Military Memories; Parents, For Better or Worse; and DANG, I Wish I Hadn’t Done That (regrets).

“We received more than 400 submissions from senior writers throughout the English-speaking world,” says Larry Upshaw, Executive Director of Ageless Authors, based in Dallas, Texas. “The competition in this contest was fierce. The work shows an incredible breadth of experience by some very creative, mature people.”

A cadre of outstanding judges awarded cash prizes, honorable mentions and the title of “recognized” to works in all three and selected them for the anthology. The winners included the powerful coming-of-age tale Moon of the Popping Trees by Hugh Gardner, a journalist and fishing writer in Idledale, Colorado with bylines in Esquire, Harper’s, Rolling Stone and Playboy. 

Geoffrey Graves of Laguna Beach, California, who formerly worked in advertising and television, penned The Klutzwit Gene, an ode to family quirkiness. Leah Rae Lake of Austin, Texas, a writer and crafts expert, entered her stunning portrait of a woman on the run from violence, Refugee.

Ageless Authors is an international group dedicated to the encouragement and promotion of senior writers through writing contests, publishing the outstanding entries and helping seniors publish their own books. To learn more about the group’s activities, visit

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DANG, I Wish I Hadn't Done That: and other senior moments from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest By Larry W. Upshaw (Editor), Geoffrey K. Graves, Hugh Gardner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578563657
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Published: Ageless Authors - November 12th, 2019