Calling all fiction writers 50 and older! Huff/Post50 is seeking short-story submissions from our readers. We believe storytelling is a powerful art form and tool for self-expression, and we have a feeling there’s a lot of hidden writing talent among our audience just waiting to be discovered.
Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has provided a unique platform for bloggers to explore the issues and ideas that matter most to Post50s. Now we'd like to extend this opportunity to fiction writers. Of course, you are welcome to write on any topic, including subjects that have nothing to do with age.
The rules: You must be 50 or older to enter. Writers can submit only one story per year, and all pieces must be 5,000 words or less. Please send your original submissions, as well as your contact details, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to hear from you and showcase the best work!
Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50's editor at large.
Earlier on HuffPost50:
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parachute-2012/dp/1607740109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330889736&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">What Color is Your Parachute?</a>" by Richard Nelson Bolles has been published in 22 editions, sold more than five million copies and spent 288 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. It is now published by Ten Speed Press.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Search-Excellence-Americas-Companies-Essentials/dp/0060548789/ref=pd_sim_b_1" target="_hplink">In Search of Excellence</a>" by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman sold more than 25,000 copies direct to customers in its first year. Then the title was acquired by HarperCollins, which sold 10 million more.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Celestine-Prophecy-James-Redfield/dp/0446671002/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330890831&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">The Celestine Prophecy</a>" by James Redfield was first sold out of the trunk of the author's Honda -- more than 100,000 copies. He subsequently sold to Warner Books. The book became the number-one bestseller in 1996 and spent 165 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller list. More than 5.5 million copies have been sold.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Minute-Manager-Kenneth-Blanchard/dp/0688014291/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330890974&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">The One-Minute Manager</a>" by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson sold more than 20,000 copies before it was picked up by William Morrow. It has now sold more than 12 million copies since 1982 and has been published in 25 languages.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Elements-Style-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0205632645/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330891833&sr=1-3" target="_hplink">The Elements of Style</a>" by William Strunk, Jr. -- and his student E. B. White -- was originally self-published for his classes at Cornell University in 1918 and officially published in 1959. When the book turned 50 in 2009, it had <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/books/22elem.html" target="_hplink">sold 10 million copies</a>.
John Grisham's "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/A-Time-Kill-Novel/dp/0440245915/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330892221&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">A Time To Kill</a>" was first sold out of the trunk of the author's car. According to the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/John-Grisham/e/B000AQ40M8/ref=sr_tc_ep?qid=1330894171" target="_hplink">author's profile</a> on amazon.com, he has published 20 books and sold 225 million copies. His books have been translated into 29 languages, and nine of his novels have been turned into films.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Cooking-75th-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0743246268/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330892394&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">The Joy of Cooking</a>" by Irma Rombauer was self-published in 1931. One year after the publication of the 75th anniversary edition, the book was <a href="http://www.thejoykitchen.com/bestseller.lasso?menu=two" target="_hplink">back on The New York Times bestseller list</a>.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mutant-Message-Under-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0060723513/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330892574&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">Mutant Message Down Under</a>" by Marlo Morgan sold 370,000 copies before it was sold to HarperCollins for $1.7 million. It was a New York Times bestseller for 31 weeks and was published in 24 countries.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Richard-Paul-Evans/dp/0684814994/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330893108&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">The Christmas Box</a>" by Rick Evans. The 87-page book, which took him six weeks to write, was originally written to express his love for his two daughters. In 1993 he <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Paul-Evans/e/B001J93AYO/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_2" target="_hplink">produced 20 copies to give to friends</a>, which were passed around. Bookstores soon called for orders. He published it and promoted it himself, then sold to Simon & Schuster for $4.2 million. The book hit the top of the Publishers Weekly bestseller list and was translated into 13 languages.
"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-golden-threads/dp/B00277HT3U/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330893461&sr=1-2" target="_hplink">Twelve Golden Threads</a>" by Aliske Webb was reportedly rejected by 150 publishers. A book of life lessons, Webb's story takes the form of quilting instructions passed down from grandmother to granddaughters over the course of a year. After self-publishing and selling 25,000 copies, Webb signed a four-book contract with HarperCollins.