About Passager

Passager (passage + passenger) is a small, independent literary press whose mission is to publish the work of older writers, encourage the imagination in the later stages of life, and create beautiful and welcoming publications.

In 1990, in Baltimore, Passager was born. The idea was to bring attention to writers over 50 by giving them opportunities to publish with a nationally recognized press. At that time, it was unusual to find men and women writing in their 80s and 90s, but now we are happy to report that more and more authors join those ranks every day.

Passager Books, founded in 2005, has published anthologies, poetry collections, short fiction and memoirs by authors whose work has appeared in our journal. Our writers are our high flying birds, our muses, who make public the passions of a generation vital to our survival.

We’d love to hear from you!


Passager Poetry Contest $1000 prize deadline April 15

The reading period for our 2023 Passager Poetry Contest is now OPEN! We’re especially interested in new, diverse voices from our over-50 writers. Full guidelines on our Submit page.

Christine Lincoln, Passager’s friend, writer, teacher, artist, community leader and activist, guest edited our forthcoming Open Issue. The theme is Ancestral or Generational Trauma – and it’s almost here!

Grandfather’s Mandolin by Fran Markover was just named a 2022 Best Book Awards Winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Fran!

“Book Prize Celebrates Older Poets” read the article Poets & Writers published about Passager.

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Gilbert Arzola says he was a poet at 5 but the world changed him. Watch the interview with Gilbert about his new collection Prayers of Little Consequence.

Featured Reading

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It’s here! Introducing the 2023 Winter Issue of Passager, “a mending, turning trauma and pain into art.”

Join us on Sunday, March 26, 2 PM EDT for an online reading on Zoom, featuring writers from this new issue. Register using the button below: