Writing, Art and Music 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.

The New Vinnie Ream Award

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

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.


Grants & Scholarships for Non-Members:

See the Grants & Scholarships page for more information about:

  • The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women, NLAPW, Inc.
  • The Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship for Native American