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Writing Contest for Baby Boomers (and Older!)

Retirement and Empty Nest Writing Contest

Writing contest about retirement and empty wants to hear your retirement and empty nest stories! We feature a free, writing contest for Baby Boomers...and older generations too!  This writing competition is a non-fiction, memoir, blogging, essay-style contest for any person who is in the empty nest or retirement stage of life.  There is NO submission fee to enter this contest.

How to Enter?

  1. Read rules below
  2. Read writing contest prompt below
  3. Submit your parenting blog or essay online to (as instructed below) via the BLUE "Submit Essay" button

Retirement Writing Contest Prizes

One winning essay from across the non-student life stages on will be selected to receive...
  • Spa & Wellness gift cards by SpaWeek$50 gift card from  Spa & Wellness Cards are good at over 8,000 spas in North America.  They are redeemable year-round and never expire. is excited to sponsor the monthly writing contest! FYI - Every writer, blogger, or reader gets 15% off Spa & Wellness gift cards from SpaWeek through 2014.
  • Writing Sponsor on - Applebee's$25 gift card from Applebee's.  Applebee’s is focused on serving good food to good people. Today, what was once a popular neighborhood restaurant has grown to become a popular restaurant in neighborhoods all across North America – with almost 2,000 locations and counting.
  • Stage of Life pen
  • Signed letter of Congratulations from
  • Acknowledgment as a national blogging contest winner.  Essay winners are posted each month here - Writing Contest Winners

Rules for the Retirement Writing Contest

  • Retirement Writing Contest

    Essay must relate to both your life stage (Empty Nest / Retirement / Baby Boomer / Older Generations)  and the essay theme (see below).
  • Essay must be your original work.
  • Essay can be no longer than 500 words.
  • Essay must be non-fiction and follow the form of a diary, journal, blog, memoir, or essay.  That is to say...we want real stories about real life...from you.
  • Once entered, essay will become a part of Stage of Life's public facing content so no foul language or inappropriate material.  Those entries will be removed.
  • Registration to Stage of Life is required to enter the writing contest (it's free) which will allow us to post your story to the public.

Enter the Writing Contest Now

Please read below for details on the monthly writing contest and click the blue "Enter Contest" button to submit your essay.  Good luck!

Empty Nest/Retirement Contest Topics

Enter Writing Contest
Enter National Writing Contest2016 - 2017 Writing Contest

Annual writing contest begins Sept. 1, 2016.

Annual Writing Contest
2016-2017 Writing Contest Prompt: will release its bigger, new, annual writing contest on Sept. 1, 2016.  Please check back on 9/1/16 to view writing contest details, prompt, submission instructions, rules, and prize package.  Until that time, the essay submission form and "Submit a Story" feature on the website will not be active as the Stage of Life editors enjoy the summer break.

Annual Writing Contest:  Since 2010, has hosted a monthly writing contest.  Millions of people have visited the site and tens of thousands of people have submitted essays over the last six years. 

Due to the growing popularity of the Stage of Life writing contests and the volume of essays submitted, the Editorial team is changing from monthly writing contests to one annual contest.

Cost:  $0 (no entry fees).  There is never a fee to enter writing contests.

Prizes:  Two winning essay writers (one student and one adult) will receive prize packages from our literacy sponsors.  You can view examples of winning stories on our Writing Contest Winners page.

Check back on Sept. 1, 2016 for the launch of the new annual writing contest!  Book mark this page and visit again then.

Questions:  Contact Us


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