Pen Women Press

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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.

Due to a staff shortage, we are currently not accepting manuscripts. We will update this page when we reopen the submission period.

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.


Associated costs are less than commercial self-publishing companies and your own your inventory. Publish your book for an average cost of $1,200 for 100 copies. Bookmarks and other marketing materials not included.

Typical costs include:

  • Pre-press production: Coordination of manuscript cover (to be provided by author) and interior book pages [Price includes one edit; additional edits & interior image(s) are extra.]
  • Pre-press services: File corrections/conversions, referrals for cover design
  • Print production management (coordination with printer, assignment of ISBN, management of galley proofs, establishment of product delivery schedule)
  • Marketing materials (bookmarks, news releases, postcards) provided for an additional fee
  • Free advertisement in The Pen Woman magazine plus 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.
  • The shipping and handling costs for Pen Women Press books are as follows:
    • 1 to 5 copies:  $4.00
    • 6 to 10 copies:  $6.00
    • 11 to 15 copies:  $8.00
    • 16 to 20 copies:  $10.00

About the Pen Women Press

As early as January 1916, members of the League of American Pen Women, as it was known before it officially became the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., in 1926, found themselves in the publishing business. The initial issue of the LAPW Bulletin was a 15-page leaflet with notes of interest concerning the League and achievements of its members. It mentions the celebration of LAPW Day at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco on November 18, 1915.

In 1920, the League published the first The Pen Woman magazine. The Pen Woman has been published at least quarterly ever since. It continues to bring poetry, professional development, fiction, artwork, and music profiles to NLAPW members and subscribers.

At the October 2007 National Executive Board meeting, Jean Holmes, third vice president, announced that the NLAPW had been accepted as an official organization of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. One of the projects emerging from that honor was an editorial committee to solicit, collect, and evaluate submissions for the publication of an anthology of literary, artistic, and musical works about the Lincoln legacy.

At the January 2008 National Executive Board meeting, the Pen Women Press was established to publish the anthology. The NLAPW has donated copies of the anthology to every school in the District of Columbia and to many school libraries, public libraries, and educational foundations across the country.

Visit our Bookstore to purchase the anthology, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, and other great books offered by Pen Women Press.