Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of professional women in arts, letters, and music that was founded in 1897.

The mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.


NLAPW Welcomes Two New Honorary Music Members

A warm welcome to our new honorary music members Judy Collins and Beth Nielsen Chapman. They each embody the driving force of Pen Women, having devoted their lives to writing and performing amazing music, teaching, and community service, as well as being very successful in the music field. NLAPW is honored to include them in the membership.

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50th Biennial Art Competition Winners Announced


Juror Barbara Wolanin visited the Pen Arts Gallery to judge the entries for the 50th Biennial Art Competition. She was very impressed with the diversity of the artwork that came in from across the country and spent quite a bit of time in making her choices for awards.

View the online gallery of the winning entry and take a virtual tour of the show at Pen Arts…



NLAPW Reschedules the 50th Biennial for April-May 2021

Washington, D.C.


The 50th Biennial, originally planned for April 2020 in Washington, D.C., had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The new dates are April 30-May 2, 2021.

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