I told myself I was a writer. It was a lie—I was a poser. I would write in fits and starts, enthusiastically for a spell, only to stop cold, not laying pen to paper for months, and often years. This pattern continued for decades, as evidenced by my knee-high pile of file folders containing story-starts […]Read More
The essayist Barbara Abercrombie wrote about the importance of our telling our stories, “Your stories, my stories, everybody's stories are important because whether memoir, personal essays or fiction other peoples stories can shine a light on our own lives.”
Fiftiness aims to shine this light on women over the age of fifty living a new normal that embraces a full and whole life. We hit the light the switch with our writing and why not instigate, motivate, and inspire with a little healthy writing competition?
On this page you'll find all the stories that were bravely submitted to be read by our guest judges.
Commuting to work on my bike has brought my competitive spirit back—a quality I thought I left behind on the softball field my senior year in high school. My heart pounds in excitement as I gear up to ride, just like it did when I stepped up to the plate. The ride into Harvard Square […]Read More
Claire flicked the turn signal of the U-Haul truck and pulled into a rest area in northern New Mexico. She grabbed her phone and opened the cab door. “We’re stopping already?” Ruthie asked. “I told you. The managing partner is conferencing me at noon. This truck’s too loud to hear anything on the road.” “That’s […]Read More
The nurse outside the door was talking about her again. “It lifts her spirits, gets her mind working,” she said. Esther hated being called “her” and was sure the nurse was exaggerating. Of course I forget things at my age, she bristled but then listened hard to hear every word. “Every time you read to […]Read More