The Pen Woman magazine, published quarterly, is devoted to serving the members of the National League of American Pen Women as a source of information, artistic support, a means to foster communication and showcase the professional work of the poets, writers, artists, composers, and arrangers.
A subscription to The Pen Woman is just one benefit of NLAPW membership. Non member subscriptions are available for $25 per year. Subscribe now through our secure payment system and receive the Spring 2013 issue, hot off the press, and upcoming issues for a year. To buy multiple copies of the current issue, change the quantity in your cart through our secure payment system.
The Spring 2013 issue, now available, contains photographs by Online Photo Competition winners, poetry, events and book reviews.
Submissions to the magazine are accepted from members only including poetry, short stories, essays, non-fiction, music scores and compositions, book reviews, organization and branch news. Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for complete information.
Both new material and previously published works (if the writer/artist has maintained the publication rights) are eligible for The Pen Woman.
Editor: April Myers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Guidelines for The Pen Woman
The Pen Woman, published quarterly, is the official magazine of the National League of American Pen Women. Its function is threefold:
1. PW currently serves as the major communication arm of the League and the National Board to all members, including but not limited to branch news, awards, contests, chaplain’s corner, and the president’s message.
2. PW is a special interest magazine, including but not limited to articles on the creative process and member profiles.
3. PW is a literary and arts magazine including but not limited to poetry, stories, essays, artwork and musical profiles and or compositions. Its purpose is, ultimately, to showcase, at a high level of professionalism, the creativity and talent of Pen Women. Submissions must meet the standards of quality and professionalism set by the editors in order to be considered for publication.
These guidelines apply to all submissions: Arts, Letters and Music. Guidelines pertaining to individual disciplines are listed separately.
1. Submissions must be the work of Pen Women members.
2. All submissions must be sent to the appropriate department editor, not the managing editor, with the exception of branch news items which go directly to the managing editor. Please see accompanying roster of department editors.
3. All submissions must be received no later than the submission deadline. Please see accompanying deadline schedule.
4. Late submissions will not be accepted but may be considered for a future issue.
5. Submitting your work to The Pen Woman gives the League permission to edit it, publish it in the magazine on a one-time rights basis, use it on the NLAPW website and include it in marketing and promotional materials.
6. If the work has been published elsewhere, it is your responsibility to determine and secure permission for The Pen Woman’s right to publish.
7. All submissions must include your name, your branch and the title of your work in order to be considered for publication.
8. Do not send original work nor an SASE as submissions will not be returned.
9. Due to limited space, acceptance for consideration does not guarantee publication.
10. All written text must be proofed for spelling, usage and accuracy.
11. Failure to follow submission instructions will result in the work being disqualified for consideration, but it may be resubmitted for a future issue.
Guidelines for Letters Submissions
In addition to the general guidelines, the following guidelines apply to all submissions in the Letters category.
1. It is the preference of the editors for submissions in all Letters categories to be submitted electronically by MS Word document as an attached file.
2. When you submit by email, write your name and “Pen Woman Submission” in the subject line. Be advised that files larger than 4 megabytes should be sent separately.
3. Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
4. If you don’t have access to a computer, please have a friend or sister Pen
Women member submit your piece for you electronically.
5. If you have no other option and must use a typewriter, use either Elite or
Pica type face and send a photo copy of the piece, not the original.
Please keep in mind that electronic submissions will be considered for publication first. Hard copies are strongly discouraged.
Fiction and Non Fiction
1. All submissions must be double spaced.
2. Indent first line of each paragraph.
3. Submissions may not exceed 1000 words.
1. All submissions must be single spaced.
2. Any form or style is acceptable.
3. Submissions may not exceed 36 printed lines. Lines between stanzas do not count.
4. Use the title of the poem being submitted as the name of the file attachment. Include the poet’s name and branch on the first page of the submission and not just in the body of the accompanying email.
Guidelines for Art and Music Submissions
In addition to the general guidelines, the following guidelines apply to all submissions in the Art and Music categories.
1. All art and music images and photos must be sharp and clear without a distracting background.
2. Submit images at a minimum resolution of 300dpi. (Average image width of 1800 pixels = 6” on widest side.)
3. Image format should be JPEG (.jpg); Adobe photo shop (.psd); PDF or .tiff.
4. Submit color images. Do not convert to grayscale.
5. Do not submit images with a resolution of 72dpi (typical for email). They are unusable for magazine publication.
6. Label all email submissions with a meaningful file name which must include your name and the title of the work. For example: A submission from Jane Smith entitled “Waterfall” would carry the file name jsmithwaterfall.jpg.
Guidelines for Music Submissions Only
1. Handwritten manuscripts cannot be accepted. Computer-generated music notation programs only.