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 Postpones the 2020 Biennial due to COVID-19

The 2020 Biennial, which was planned for April in Washington, D.C., will be rescheduled. Please read the letter from President Evelyn Wofford for more details.

Congratulations to the Mature Women Grant Recipients!

Every year, the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. awards three grants of $1,000 each in art, letters, and music to women 35 years of age or older who are not now nor ever have been a member of NLAPW. The recipients are selected via a competitive application process.

Read about the 2019 recipients

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!

Read more in National News



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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