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Biennial Competitions – All Members

The Biennial Conference is a great place to showcase your creative works, and to earn recognition and awards.



See guidelines for art competition entries.


See guidelines for letters competition entries.


See guidelines for music competition entries.

49th Biennial entries will be considered for possible performances in 2018-2019,
venues to include individual Branch meetings throughout 2018-2019.

The First-Place Winning Composition will be published by Pen Woman Press.

The Vinnie Ream Award (Now closed)

The awards honor the legacy of Lavinia Ellen “Vinnie” Ream, a Civil War era artist and then member of the NLAPW. Vinnie was a student of the harp throughout her life and often incorporated an image of a harp in her work as a sculptor. Harp pendants in sterling silver and gemstones will be awarded at each Biennial to First Place winners in the Art, Letters, Music, and Multi-Discipline categories.

Click here to see the guidelines for the 2018 Vinnie Ream competitions.

The National League of American Pen Women held our first competition for  in 2015. Winners received their awards at the 2016 Biennial celebration, April 2016. Vinnie Ream Awards page