Competitions

The NLAPW sponsors national and branch level awards throughout the year. Check back with Art, Writing or Music pages for updates on contests open to members and non-members. Competitions are listed in order of entry deadline dates, so be sure to scroll down on each the Writing, Art and Music pages for more contests.

To read about our awards and scholarships for non-members, click here and be sure to scroll down!

The Vinnie Ream Award

To honor the legacy of Vinnie Ream, Medallions will be awarded in Art, Letters, and Music at each Biennial. The original medal will be kept on display at Pen Arts along with a plaque listing the winners in each category and the year of the respective Biennial. The goal of this competition is to encourage participants to be inspired by the example of Vinnie Ream and to strive, as she did, to elevate their work to the highest level.

Click here to read the specific guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Letters Award.
Click here to read the specific guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Art Award
Click here to read the specific guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Music Award

General Guidelines

1. To be eligible for the Award, a participant must be a current member of the League or a new member approved for membership before the competition deadline.
2. The competition will be held in the odd years, the first competition to be held in 2015 with the medallions awarded at the 2016 Biennial in Washington, DC.
3. Outside judges will select a first, second, and third place winner and, at their discretion, up to three honorable mentions for each category.
4. Each first-place winner or a designated representative must attend the Biennial to receive the award.
5. The entry fee for the competition is $50.00 for each submission. A participant may submit for any category in which she is a qualified member.
6. Entries may be new or created at any time in the past.
7. Entrants retain all rights to their work.
8. Entries will be accepted beginning May 1, 2015. The postmark deadline for entries is June 1, 2015.
9. Winners will be notified by October 15, 2015.
10. A one-page artist statement (not to exceed 250 words) must accompany each entry in response to the following quote from Vinnie Ream:

“The Divine call to art, like morning light, comes not at the bidding of the suppliant—knowledge of art, like love, comes not by appointment, but springs forth as freely as a mountain spring….Let us, then select the beautiful and try to represent it truthfully. To take the color from the earth, or clay from the bank—to take that which is nothing and create something from it, is an almost Divine attempt, if our subject [is] worthy….”

In your statement, please explain how your work fulfills Vinnie Ream’s
definition of the “Divine call to art.”

Guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Art Competition

Entries may be in any of the following categories:
• Painting—all mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media
• Drawing and Graphics—all mediums
• Photography
• Printmaking (original prints only)
• Pottery (hand-formed or wheel-thrown)
• Sculpture
• All images must be saved as a BASELINE JPG at 300 ppi, maximum of 1920 pixels (H) x 1920 pixels (V).
• The image file size must be 1 MB or less. The file name should be the title of the piece. Please submit 1 image of each 2-dimensional entry; 3 images (front, back and side views) of all 3-dimensional entries.
• CD must be labeled with only the title of each piece and medium and contain only the entries for this competition.
• Your name must not appear on the CD.
• CDs will NOT be returned to the artists.
• Include a 3 x 5 index card with your name, contact information, category, and title of your piece.
• Entries may be used in a slide show during the Vinnie Ream Banquet.
• Entries may be shown on the NLAPW website in low resolution along with the artist’s contact information.
Send art entries to:
Sandy Huff, National Art Chair
3530 Fairview St.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Contact Sandy by email (huffsandy@aol.com) or phone (727-420-6184) with questions.

Guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Letters Competition

The Letters Competition will cover 3 specific areas: Fiction, Non-Fiction & Poetry

Fiction–will include a short story (25 pages max) or a screen/stage play excerpt and synopsis (30 pages max), a chapter from a children’s, young adult or adult novel plus a detailed synopsis, the total not to exceed 30 pages; or a manuscript of a young children’s story, not to exceed 30 pages.
Non-Fiction–will include an article or an essay (25 pages max), or a chapter of a nonfiction book plus detailed outline (30 pages max) or a chapter of a memoir plus detailed outline (30 pages max).
Poetry–will include a chap book (manuscript form only) or a series of linked poems (10 max).

• Submissions may be published or unpublished.
• Entries must be typed on 81/2 x 11″ white paper.
• Prose should be double-spaced.
• Poetry should be single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas.
• Only the title of the work should appear on the manuscript. Do not include your name.
• On a separate cover sheet or a 3 x 5 index card include your name, your contact information, and the category and title of your work. Example: Fiction—short story: Title
• Manuscripts will not be returned.

A preliminary judge for each of the three Letters categories will select the 3 best pieces in that category; a final judge will consider the 9 selected pieces and select the winners from these.

Send Letters Entries to:

Katie Witek, National Letters Chair
NLAPW, Inc.
1300 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1973
Contact Katie at 608-201-0574

Guidelines for the Vinnie Ream Music Competition

• The length of the music must be between 3 and 15 minutes.
• It can be orchestral, vocal, digital, small ensemble, choral, or solo instrument and should have full harmonic accompaniment and be legibly scored; it is recommended that other compositions (such as ballads, pop, jazz) should include the melody and a full score from which a performance could be made. The score should duplicate the CD recording submitted.
• Only the title of the work should appear on the copy of the CD. Do not include your name.
• Send a separate 3 x 5 card with your name, title of your composition, and your contact information.
• CDs will not be returned.

Send Music Entries to:

Nina Brooks
86 Ridge Lake Drive
Columbia, SC 29209

Contact Nina by email (nina4brooks@hotmail.com) or phone (803-834-7362) with questions.

NLAPW Awards and Scholarships

NLAPW awards are established for the purpose of promoting professionalism in Art, Letters, and Music, encouraging talented women to pursue further education or other goals which affect their creative efforts. All are awarded in accordance with specific donor requirements.

Grants & Scholarships General Contact Info
Joyce Gregor
936 County Rd. 137
Westcliffe, CO 81252
Ph 719.783.9129
joyben@wetmountainvalley.us

The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women, NLAPW, Inc.

Must be age 35 or older to receive this grant

Each applicant in Art, Letters or Music must send a letter stating that she will be age 35 or older during the calendar year 2016, is not a member of NLAPW or a member of the immediate family of an NLAPW member. She must state her background and purpose for the grant. Money from this grant must be used for the purpose stated in the letter of application. Entry must be accompanied by a check or money order for $35.00 payable to NLAPW, Inc with the memo line: Mature Woman Grant 2016. Do not send cash. Entry must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2015 in order to be considered. Winners will be announced at the NLAPW Biennial Convention in April, 2016. Those applying in multiple categories must send separate applications with entry fees for each. Send your complete application packet to the judge in the appropriate category:

Art $1,000

Submit three 4×6 color prints (NO SLIDES) of your work. All work must have been created in full by the artist applying. Any or all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, original works on paper or sculpture. Photography: Submit three 8×10 prints. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. If you wish to have your prints returned, include a mailer with sufficient postage for their return. Do not send originals; send only copies.

Letters $1,000

Submit an article or short story not to exceed 2,500 words or the first chapter of a nonfiction book or novel or the first act of a play/film script. The chapter/act should not exceed 4,000 words, and a detailed outline or synopsis must also be included. The chapter not to exceed 4,000 words and a detailed outline or synopsis must also be included. The work must have been created in full by the writer applying. The submission must have been written within the past five years. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. No manuscripts will be returned. Do not send originals; send only copies.

Music $1,000

Submit scores of two published or unpublished musical compositions. All work must have been created in full by the composer applying. Each score should have a minimum performance time of 10 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes. Please include an audio MP3 or CD of the scores you are submitting. At least one of the scores must have been written in the past five years. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. If you wish to have your scores returned, include a mailer with sufficient postage for their return. Do not send originals; send only copies.

Art Chair
Sandy Huff
3530 Fairview St.
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Letters Chair
Catherine Witek
NLAPW, Inc.
1300 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1973

Music Chair
Nina Brooks
86 Ridge Lake Dr.
Columbia SC 29209

The Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship for Native American

Candidates must be female, ages 18 through 25, and a member of a Native American tribe. These grants are awarded every two (2) years for scholarships in art and each is given to a Native American girl who is talented but lacks financial resources to further her education. Funds must be used toward courses at an accredited college, university or trade school. Funds will be mailed to the academic institution to be used by the student. Entry must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2015.
National Grant: $1,000
Carroll (Mid-Atlantic) Grant: $500 To be eligible for this grant, the individual must reside in the Mid-Atlantic States.

To Apply
Submit three 4×6 color prints (NO SLIDES) of your work. All work must have been created in full by the artist applying. Any or all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, original works on paper, or sculpture. Photography: Submit three 8×10 prints. If you wish to have your prints returned, include a mailer with sufficient postage for their return. Do not send originals; send only copies.
Enclose a check for $20 made payable to NLAPW, Inc. Please note Native American Girl National or Mid-Atlantic, as appropriate, on the memo line. Mail the application packet directly to: Sandy Huff, 3530 Fairview St., Safety Harbor, FL 34695. If you wish to apply for both grants, please enclose separate checks for the entry fee for each grant. You need send only one copy of the other materials.