Literary Journal Now Updated!

The Joy of the Pen Literary Journal is now updated for 2020! Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to the participants for taking part and our sponsors for supporting us again this year. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at out special reception in the summer!

Joy of the Pen News

All of the work is now with the judges for review with a deadline of November 14. We will announce the winners soon after. Thank you to all that entered this year!

After careful consideration and discussion, and a review of online awards, the library has decided that we will postpone the Joy of the Pen reception until the summer. What we envision is an outside celebration, possibly a tea party, that will celebrate the winners of all our joys this year: Joy of Art, Joy of the Lens and Joy of the Pen. Of course, you are all invited! We hope it will give us all something to look forward to throughout the winter months.


Thank you to everyone who came to the reception on Saturday and made it such a wonderful event. My special thanks to:

Everyone who entered the competition.

Charles Crosby and the Cryer for sponsoring our named awards and speaking at the reception.

Nancy Randolph and Just Write Books for sponsoring the Maine Nonfiction Award.

Our judges this year: Dana Cary, Laufey, John Leggett, Nancy Randolph and Diane Waterhouse.

The Friends of the Public Library, especially Melissa Hoy, Mathea Hoy and Ruth Mlotek for their help.

The staff at Topsham Public Library.

Congratulations to all the winners!