Creative Writing

We are excited to announce a call for submissions for the 2022 LeadingAge Oregon (LAO) Creative Writing and Poetry Contest. Please help us spread the word. This is an opportunity for your resident writers to enjoy having exposure to readers outside of your community—at the same time participate in a fun writing contest. Additionally, all resident participants will have their work published in the LeadingAge Oregon literary magazine Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, the LAO Annual Creative Writing contest began in 1993 as an opportunity to engage your residents in creative activities while fostering a closer relationship between LeadingAge Oregon and its member communities. In recent years submissions have been published in our Reflections magazine.

Due to COVID-19 we will not be having a celebration dessert; however, will hold an online celebration. 

How it Works

Steps to take for a successful Creative Writing and Poetry Contest:

  1. For submission accuracy and to limit potential author identification problems, please have your participating residents submit all poems and short stories directly to your community coordinator. Submissions must be in word format (no .pdfs or photos).
  2. Once entries have been gathered, your coordinator will log onto our online entry page located here and submit entries.
  3. Please keep a record of your submissions.
  4. After the deadline for submission, we will send you notification of all entries received for verification prior to reading/review process by our judges.

Contestant Rules:

While we try to accommodate all our members' residents, please keep in mind our entry rules:

  • All entries must be original works
  • Must be written at the age of 60 or older
  • Previously unpublished
  • Must be submitted in electronic form (no pdf or picture files)
  • One entry per person
  • Short stories must be 1,500 words or less
  • Poems must be 500 words or less
  • Must be a resident of a LeadingAge Oregon member community
  • Contest open to all residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities. Each person may submit one entry.

Key Dates:

  • The deadline for submitting literary works is February 25, 2022
  • Winners announced by March 17
  • Online celebration is March 24, 10 – 11am (Zoom)

Thank you for helping make our Creative Writing and Poetry Contest a great success!

Questions? Email Rob West, Manager Membership Services, at [email protected]

Reflections - 2021
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Reflections - 2019
Reflections - 2018
Reflections - 2017
Reflections - 2016