Joy of the Pen


Maine is a state full of writers, whether it is the natural beauty of the terrain that is inspirational or something within the temperament of the artist that is drawn to the independent spirit of the place, there is a long tradition of authors residing here. Joy of the Pen is a wonderful platform to show off their talent and to provide a community event to bring everyone together.

This year, we awarded the following prizes, sponsored by The Cryer: The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award, Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award and Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award and sponsored by Just Write Books: Maine-related Nonfiction Award and Honorable Mention. We also awarded Honorable Mentions in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction, sponsored by the Friends of The Topsham Public Library and a Teen Award and Honorable Mention sponsored by TPL Teen Scene. You can read the winning entries and author bios, watch readings and much, much more on the online Joy of the Pen Literary Journal.

  • The competition is open to year-round residents of Maine and for unpublished work only.


The 2019 Joy of the Pen application process now underway through October 5th. Please visit the online Joy of the Pen Literary Journal for more information.  You’ll also find a full description, winning entries, photos, audio clips of readings, and author bios.  Subscribe via email to stay up to date on the latest news.

Joy of the Pen Reception, Saturday, November 16th at 1PM

Contact Emma for more details about this annual writing competition…

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners!

The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award: Greg Tulonen for Black Lady, Chase the Lady, Crubs
Fiction Honorable Mention: Zach Brockhouse for On How Fat Jimmy Oates Lost His Leg
Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award: Patricia Ferrara Fuchs for Artifacts
Poetry Honorable Mention: Lynne Schmidt for The Perfect Dress
Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award: Lauren Sangster for I Love You, I Miss You Already
Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Ruth Watkins for A Matter of Perspective
TPL Teen Fiction Award: Jack Ouimette for Hidden in the Eyes
TPL Teen Poetry Award: Nathan Deveney for Dances
Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award: Lynne Schmidt for Memories and New Beginnings