Entrepreneurial-Success and Life-Success Stories Sought from 55+ Folks

The Center for Productive Longevity (CPL) is initiating a national competition, The Later-Life Story Contest, to invite the best entrepreneur success stories and inspiring life stories from people 55 and older.


The competition consists of two distinct submission categories: Entrepreneur Success Stories and Inspirational Later-Life Stories. Submissions will be accepted starting today, June 1, and ending Aug. 31, with the winner in each category selected by a panel of three independent judges. Each winner will receive $1,000 and a specially designed display trophy. The best stories will be posted throughout the duration of the competition. The winners will be announced on Oct. 1.


CPL says it is initiating the contest to stimulate discussion and dialogue about how people 55 and older can continue adding value to their extended lives in an era when they are living 30 years longer than people did at the beginning of the 20th century. The Later-Life Story Contest is intended to achieve three objectives:

  1. Stimulate people to continue leading meaningful and rewarding lives after reaching the age of 55
  2. Demonstrate that older people can remain productively engaged and live inspirational lives into their latter 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond
  3. Change the pervasive national mindset that when people reach a certain age, they should move to the sidelines

Visit one of the two pages below to submit your entry.

Entrepreneurship Success Stories

Inspirational Life Stories

Submissions should be not more than 1,200 words.

Stories may also be submitted in Word or PDF format to James R. Hooks, Director of Marketing and Technology, at jhooks@ctrpl.org.