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The Pen Women Press is Accepting Manuscripts

The Pen Women Press is the publishing service offered to NLAPW members that
provides a lower cost than commercial publishers. Sister Pen Women provide
professional support services in editing, cover design, layout and marketing materials.

Individual members and branches are invited to use the Pen Women Press for
publishing projects ranging from chapbooks to anthologies. Contact Managing
Editor, Marilyn Lewis-Alim for more information via email at:

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts are reviewed by a PW Press review committee.
  • A book coordinator is assigned to work with the author of accepted books.
  • The Coordinator will determine the need for other staff such as graphic artists or editors.
  • A publication timeline and cooperative agreement, including cost, will be prepared.
  • Once signed, the author will begin working with the book coordinator.
  • The author will receive and approve a proof of the book prior to printing.
  • The Pen Women Press publishes works that compliment the mission of NLAPW.
  • Costs

  • Associated costs are less than commercial self-publishing companies and your own your inventory. Publish your book for an average cost of $950.
  • Typical costs include:

  • Production: cover design, layout, editing, ISBN fee, coordination
  • Printing
  • Marketing materials (bookmarks, news releases, postcards)
  • NLAPW website online sales
  • Authors are billed in two equal payments. The first payment is due prior to printing and the second is due upon delivery.
  • 100 copies is the minimum print run.
  • Current Books

    Poems of the Super Moon

    Pre-order our next publication now–Poems of the Super Moon


    Ship to (Name and Address)

    Pre-order Poems of the Super Moon, the latest in the Pen Women Press’s collection of poetry by Pen Women. Our literary Press relies on sales to cover costs, so get your order in soon to help us get it to the printer.

    Inspired by a line in a poem by Modesto Branch Pen Woman Nancy Haskett that every poet should have a “moon poem,” and launched at the time of the August, 2014 Super Moon celestial event, the blog celebrates our moon through poetry. This volume collects the poems from the blog as well as new and revisited “moon poems” from Pen Women around the country. Order now and be sure to get a copy from the first printing. Donations to help us get it to press are also welcome! (click on the Donate button to the right and be sure to add a note specifying Donation for Pen Women Press).

    Call for submissions for Poems of the Super Moon

    Poems of the Super Moon, a volume of poetry by Pen Women, will be published by the Pen Women Press at the end of the year. Submissions are welcome from Pen Women in all arts classifications, Art, Music or Letters.

    It all started with the first lines of Nancy Haskett’s “A Poem about the Moon,” which was featured on the blog in August, click here to read, right in time for the Super Moon event in the sky:

    Recently, I heard someone say
    that every poet needs a poem about the moon

    Pen Women met the challenge and soon, NLAPW poets were sending in wonderful “Moon Poems,” new and newly revisited. A series on the blog was begun. Stay tuned to the blog for more moon poetry.

    Submission Guidelines

    NLAPW Members: Please send your “Moon Poems” via email to for consideration for the new volume to be published by the Pen Women Press. Art, Music and Letters members are all welcome to submit. And to help me keep “organized,” please include “Moon Poems” as your subject line—I need all the help I can get!

    Deadline: December 8, 2014

    If you’ve already sent in a poem for the blog and would like it included in the new book, please let me know.

    Donations and Pre-orders will are needed to help cover the costs of the first printing.

    Treanor Baring
    NLAPW, Inc
    Pen Woman Magazine Poetry Editor
    Website Editor

    Spirit, Peace and Joy

    anthology of poetry by Pen Women to go to 2nd printing

    Demand for Spirit, Peace and Joy has been so great that Pen Women Press will publish a 2nd edition. Order advance copies now.

    Spirit, Peace and Joy an anthology of poems by Pen Women

    Spirit, Peace and Joy
    an anthology of poems by Pen Women

    Pen Women poets from across the country share their unique voices in this collection.
    Their poems are powerful and peaceful, thought-provoking and calming. They embody the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary women.

    The Pen Women Press of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. invites you to enjoy this book. We hope it lifts your spirit and brings you peace and joy.

    $10 plus shipping

    Order now using our secure on line payment system:

    Ship to (Name and Address)

    OR send a check made out to NLAPW with your name and address and order total to:

    Pen Women Press
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    NLAPW, Inc.
    1300 17th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036-1973

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

    In 2009, the Pen Women Press published Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, a collection of music, art, drama poetry and writing from Pen Women members. This anthology is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  The ALBC was established by Congress in 2000 to commemorate Lincoln who remains, as they state “…the embodiment of the highest ideals and values of our nation…”  This outstanding book is available for purchase. See our Pay Pal link here:


    Winner of George Washington Medal

    The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, has awarded to the League for its excellent anthology, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln. The George Washington Medal is conferred upon “inspirational citizens or organizations who demonstrate the best of the American spirit through words or deeds,” according to Jeff Oddo, Vice President of Public Relations at the Foundation.

    The Freedoms Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, was established in 1949. President Dwight D. Eisenhower served as its founding chairman and gave out its first national award medals. The organization now includes over thirty chapters throughout the U. S. and more than 3,000 members. During the past 60 years the foundation has bestowed nearly 56,000 awards.

    Many thanks to Gail Smith of the NLAPW’s Ft. Lauderdale Branch for nominating our Lincoln anthology for this prestigious national award.

    Excerpt from Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Text and photo 
by Jean E. Holmes 
Boca Raton Branch

    The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited monuments in our nation’s capital. Thousands of tourists come daily from all over the world to view this important national landmark. They climb its many steps to photograph the great image of Abraham Lincoln in Georgian marble designed by Daniel Chester French. Most arrive in the daytime. They stand back as far as the crowds will allow and take photographs of the chiseled image of the enthroned President.

    Few of the monument’s visitors have ever heard of the legend of the hands. There are those who claim that Lincoln’s hands were sculpted to form the American Sign Language for his initials-the left hand forming an “A” and the right an “L”. Be that mere speculation or a fanciful flight of imagination, Daniel Chester French is said to have known the hand sign language commonly used by the deaf.

    My photograph of Lincoln’s left hand, taken late at night with only the ceiling-mounted flood lights to illuminate the sculpture, gave to my mind’s eye a more nuanced interpretation. Lincoln’s hand is grasping the top of a Roman fasces, the symbol of strength and authority. His fingers are clenched, but his thumb is extended, thus softening the look of the hand. This is not the tight fist of a man who carries anger, hatred, or a desire for retribution. I see instead strength, determination and firmness in its position, tempered by deep compassion. The sculptor captured, even in Lincoln’s left hand, the true character of the man who led this nation through a bloody civil war, but who never lost sight of the ultimate goal–to reunite a divided people.

    ISBN: 978-0-9815693-0-7 Cover art – ©Phyllis Rutigliano, All Cities Branch (NY)

    ©National League of American Pen Women To order your copy of Happy Birthday Mr Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, please use the paypal button above to pay securely online or send your name, mailing address and payment of $29.50 , which includes $1.50 tax and shipping;  to NLAPW, 1300 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20036-1973.