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.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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.
Submit an article or short story not to exceed 2,500 words or of the first chapter of a nonfiction book or a novel. 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.
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.
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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.
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.