Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), an organization of professional women artists, composers, and writers, founded in 1897, dedicated to our mission as a 501(c)3 organization to serve our communities through the arts.
We have branches on all three of our nation’s coasts, in Hawaii, in rural areas, in large cities, and in towns and states throughout our nation. Branches offer seminars, workshops, art exhibits, readings, concerts, and outreach programs. Educational, outreach events and concerts sponsored by the NLAPW through the historic Pen Arts Building in the heart of Washington, D.C. aim to enhance Arts experiences for diverse communities, including youth, in the District of Columbia.
Explore our website pages to link to our history, events, contest news and poetry. Click About and visit pages on our history, historic headquarters, and outreach programs. You can find out how to join under Membership. Look under Competitions for grants. Events will connect you with what’s upcoming. Find out how (and why) to Donate to our cause of promoting Art, Music and Letters. Iphone and Android users can bookmark to your homescreen and connect with our arts scene from your mobiles. Our YouTube
channel is a click away. Receive a Poem of the Week and an Art of the Week by signing up for our blog. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.
News & Announcements
Spirit, Joy and Peace
Our latest publication of poetry by Pen Women has gone to press, Spirit, Peace and Joy: a poetry anthology by Pen Women. Visit our Bookstore to order NOW.
Click here to visit our Biennial page to download the Biennial Registration form and pay your registration fee using our secure on line payment system. You can also find out how to sell your products at our convention and purchase ad space in our program.
2014-16 Board of Directors Elections
Click here for our 2014 Elections page to download a ballot for the Board of Directors and for amendments to the bylaws.
NLAPW 2014 Convention Hotel Registration
On line registration is now open for the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, GA.
Click here to visit the Biennial page for links and phone numbers.
Grants and Scholarships
The NLAPW awards several major grants and scholarships to non-members in Art, Letters and Music every two years as part of our mission. Learn if you qualify and how to apply by clicking here.
Biennial Letters Awards Call for Entries
2014 Letters Contests will begin accepting entries on December 5 from NLAPW members. 12 Poetry and/or prose contests with cash awards. Deadline: January 20, 2014. Click here for entry guidelines.
Biennial Art Contest Open for Entries
Click here for details for the 2014 Biennial member art contest.
Biennial Music Awards
$1,750 in prizes for Biennial Music Awards in Composition, members only. Click here for rules and how to enter.
Order Greenwich Branch Poetry Anthology
The Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) book of original poetry Women’s Voices of the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women’s Lives is available for purchase: Click here for link to the Greenwich Branch site.
Find Your Voice Webinar
For more info and to register, visit our Pen Women OnLine page.
Fall/Winter, Pen Woman Magazine
The Pen Woman Fall/Winter issue of the Pen Woman magazine is on its way to members’ post boxes with poetry, 2014 Biennial news, and art by our members. Not a member yet? You can order a copy here on our website. Click here to visit our Pen Woman Magazine page and use our secure payment method.
Christina Laurie, NLAPW 3rd Vice President, Cape Cod writer, and a Pen Woman for 48 years, offers a free webinar on how to build your branch and attract new members. Click here for more info.
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws
On the 2014 mail-in ballot, members will vote on proposed amendments to the NLAPW National Bylaws and Standing Rules. Click here to read the changes proposed and the rationale.
NLAPW Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for Mature Women
Call for submissions for Art, Letters and Music grants for non-member women age 35+. Click here for details on how to apply.
On Line Photography Contest Winners and Gallery
Click here to see the works accepted into the On Line Photography Gallery. Congratulations to our award winners!
Sandy Book Drive
After seeing the plea for books on our website, Member-at-Large Jaonne Foster, a journalist from Charlottesville, VA, wrote a piece for the Jefferson Madison Regional Library newsletter seeking donations. Hong Yao, our contact from the Queens Library system in New York, reports that many books were received. Many libraries are not ready to receive more books yet, and so our call for donations to the Queens libraries is now on hold until more libraries are rebuilt and ready to process more donations. We are still in contact with libraries in need, and are working on helping libraries across the country affected by natural disaster, such as in Moore, OK.
Library budgets are being slashed everywhere, and so the need for cash donations to help communities maintain these resources will not end soon. Donate directly to your local library, or
click on the Donate Now button to donate any amount, no matter how small, to help libraries maintain their collections. Please add a note to your donation specifying “Sandy Book Drive,” and all donations marked this way will go directly to libraries we’re working with. Thank you to the Publications Committee and Katie Witek, Nat’l Letters Chair, and Atlanta author Renea Winchester, for their work on this!
Because so much is going on in our organization, we have a blog you can follow to keep up to date with events, contests, outreach activities, and free Poem of the Week and Art of the Week features. Click here to read the latest entry. Enter your email address in the box on the right to follow and receive a poem and a beautiful work of art in your inbox, free.
Pennies for Pen Arts
Do you like competitions? An old fund raiser, “Pennies for Pen Arts”, has been revived and is called “Cash for Creativity.” Chaired by Judy Woods-Knight of Tacoma, WA, branch, a member of the newly established fund raising committee, the challenge is for each branch at each meeting to collect “cash” for a donation to the Endowment Fund, which supports the Pen Arts building and its special programs. Each month after the branch meeting, a check should be sent by the treasurer (or whoever collects the donations) to National (1300 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC). Please put CEF in notation line of check. The winning branch will be recognized at the 2014 biennial in Atlanta!
The fund raising committee was established at the June 2012 board meeting to help alleviate our deficit. Christina Laurie of the Cape Cod, MA, branch is chairman.
Our new brochure is in stock! Click here for a preview and how to order.
2012 Cape Cod Branch Haiku Contest Results! Click here to read the winning haiku and judge’s comments.
Autumn 2012 On Line Art Competition for Members, Winners announced. Click here to see our gallery of our latest juried contest. Congratulations to the women artists of the NLAPW!
Bethesda Design Web awarded Outstanding Achievement in Nonprofit Web Design and Development by the Interactive Media Awards (TM) for our website!! Click here to read more.
For the most recent information on the biennial business meeting, donation needs, kudos and ways we are partnering, see our News Page. For a photo sampling of the music, letters and art events from the 2012 Branching Out Biennial, see our Biennial Photo Gallery page.
We sponsor Art, Music and Writing competitions for members and non-members. Follow our blog and Twitter feeds to find out about our contests and other opportunities.
Our Art Gallery now includes beautiful new work by members from across the country. Special thanks to the Golden-Gate Marin Branch, CA for their submissions. See our Music Gallery for new profiles of music members. For information on how to submit work for our art, letters and music galleries, please see our Gallery page.