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.


The Pen Woman Receives MarCom Award

Gold-winner-bugThe Pen Woman magazine recently received a Gold MarCom Award for design in the print media, magazine category. Additionally, the NLAPW Biennial 2018 Program received honorable mention for design in the print media, program guide category. The 2019 competition had more than 6,500 entries — including from many large, prominent enterprises and nonprofits — from 20 countries. Congrats, The Pen Woman!

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Matching Grant Goal Exceeded


You helped us exceed the $25,000 fundraising goal to meet the matching funds for the McGrath Family Trust donation, made to NLAPW earlier this year in honor of Angeline Nanni, the last remaining member of World War II and Cold War era code breakers, on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The McGrath family feels the League deserves the funds because it broke barriers in its founding and continues in that tradition today. 

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Submissions Needed for the 50th Biennial Art Show

The submission period started for the 50th Biennial Art Show, and we want your artwork. Read more from the National Art Chair. 

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