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.
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 Pen Women Press page for details.
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.
Call for Entries
The Pen Women Press is now in the process of editing Spirit, Peace and Joy: a poetry anthology by Pen Women. Visit our Pen Women Press page for details.
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.
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 our, or go to Poem of the Week page to subscribe only to the poetry, or Art of the Week for a beautiful image every week.
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.
Online Photo Contest
Photo Contest Awards Results:
Bok Joy, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale
Garden Visitor, Carolyn Seabolt, Carroll MD
Museum Downtime, Carol Dixon, Connecticut Pioneer
Pink Pearl, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale
The Road Less Traveled, Leonor Anthony, Coral Gables
Golden Skies, Valerie Lecklikner, Ft. Lauderdale
The gallery is being constructed by the Web Editor and will be up on the website soon. Check back to see this beautiful exhibit!
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 a Poem of the Week. Click here to read the latest entry. Enter your email address in the box on the right of our home page to follow our latest news and Poem of the Week blog, or go to Poem of the Week page to subscribe only to the poetry.
Proposed amendments to the Bylaws, approved by the National Executive Board, were approved by the membership at the business meeting of the NLAPW Biennial Convention, April, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Changes include remaning the National Executive Board to Board of Directors. The Board of Directors elected positions are now streamlined with a majority elected by the membership, the remainder by the Board of Directors.
Standing committees have been reorganized to emphasize the three classifications of membership. Art, Letters, and Music will each evaluate credentials, plan and execute outreach programming, instructional workshops and showcases for members’ creative work and conduct competitions for awards. These three committees will recommend policies and procedures guiding their classification.
Future amendments to the bylaws will be by a process involving submission by any member followed by debate at the branch level. The ballot sent to every member in good standing for election of officers will include the proposed amendments.
To read the Bylaws as amended, click here. To read the Standing Rules, click here.
Donation for Computer Repair Recieved
Many of you may have heard that the iMac Computer in the National Headquarters suffered a technical meltdown and needed to be repaired. THANK YOU to our generation members who donated to this cause. This cost has now been covered, and the computer is restored.
2012-2014 Board of Directors Elected and Installed
NLAPW welcomes the new Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for the 2012-2014 term. See our Board of Directors page for names of the new officers, and the Elections page for bios. To contact any officer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name or position of the officer in the subject line.
2012 Music Awards Announced
Candace Long wins 1st Place, $1,000 for Tsunami, her electronic piece with poetry by Frances Patton Statham. For all winners and links to music, click here.
2012 Biennial Art Exhibit Awards
Jamie Tate, National Art Chair, announces the award winners in NLAPW’s national juried art show, on exhibit at the Sumner Museum, 1201 17th St. NW, DC, until May 31, 2012. Congratulations to Soon Y. Warren for best in show for “Baby’s Breath Sprinkle.” For a complete list of awards, click here.
2012 Biennial Letters Awards
Congratulations to the poetry and prose winners of the 2012 Biennial Letters prizes. For the list of awards, prizes and winners, click here.
Pensacola Branch Video up on NLAPW YouTube
What is being a Pen Woman all about? The Pensacola Branch, FL, has created a slide-show of the ways NLAPW brings creative women together. The video shows art exhibits, creative inspiration, music programs and a children’s clothesline exhibit sponsored by the branch. More reasons to join us, wherever you live. Watch now.
NLAPW Partners with Women in History Project
Washington, D.C. January, 2012
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. has partnered with the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) to “affirm the value of knowing women’s history, illuminate the role of women in transforming society and encourage all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about the future of women.” The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history. NWHM is a 501(c)(3) organization. NLAPW’s outreach committee is exploring options for programs and projects which may be of service to the museum. Please contact Anna DiBella, outreach chair, for more information.
Freedoms Foundation National Award
Anne Hoiberg, La Jolla Branch, CA, will be the recipient of a Freedoms Foundation National Award for her excellent article, Women’s Struggle for the Right to Vote which appeared in the Union Tribune. She was also inducted into the The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in January. Click here to read the article.