A. Competitions for NLAPW Members

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The NLAPW sponsors national and branch level awards throughout the year. Check the art, writing or music pages for updates on contests open to members

2018 Biennial Competitions – All Members

The Biennial Conference is a great place to showcase your creative works, and to earn recognition and awards.



See guidelines for art competition entries.

Art entries will be on display Aril 10-29, 2018
at The Des Moines Social Club.


See guidelines for letters competition entries.


Entries will be considered for possible performances in 2018-2019. Possible performance venues include the 2018 Biennial plus individual Branch meetings throughout 2018-2019.

The First-Place Winning Composition will be published by Pen Woman Press.

See guidelines for music competition entries.


The Vinnie Ream Award for 2017

The National League of American Pen Women held our first competition for  in 2015. Winners received their awards at the 2016 Biennial celebration, April 2016. Vinnie Ream Awards page

The awards honor the legacy of Lavinia Ellen “Vinnie” Ream, a Civil War era artist and then member of the NLAPW. Vinnie was a student of the harp throughout her life and often incorporated an image of a harp in her work as a sculptor. Harp pendants in sterling silver and gemstones will be awarded at each Biennial to First Place winners in the Art, Letters, Music, and Multi-Discipline categories.

Click here to see the Guidelines for the 2018 Vinnie Ream competitions.


B. Grants & Scholarships for Non-Members

See the Grants & Scholarships page for more information about:

  • The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women
  • The Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship for a Native American Woman

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