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 Teen Awards and Honorable Mentions are 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  • The competition is open to year-round residents of Maine and for unpublished work only.


See you next year for Joy of the Pen 2022

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.


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Congratulations to the 2021 Winners!

The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award: Leah Siviski for “The Sound of Letting Go”

Fiction Honorable Mention: Kelsey W. Libby for “One Man’s Trash”

Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award: Jeanne Julian for “Angel of the Sensual”

Poetry Honorable Mention: David Sloan for “Flames”

Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award: Michael Tooher for “Hit Men”

Nonfiction Honorable Mention: Haley Warden for “The Hike”

TPL Teen Fiction Award: Julia Viani for “The Water Hole”

TPL Teen Poetry Award: Piper Staples for “The Girl in the Willows”

TPL Kids Fiction Award: Lydia Cabot for “Ruby and the Magical Violin”

TPL Kids Poetry Award: Opal Reinhart for “Cat”

Just Write Maine-related Nonfiction Award: John Reinhart for “One More Ride”