Prizes and Sponsors

Joy of the Pen is proudly sponsored by The Cryer Online,  The Friends of the Topsham Public Library, Just Write Books and TPL Teen Room.

The Cryer sponsors the following awards:

The Verdi L. Tripp Fiction Award
Named after founder of The Topsham Cryer, now The Cryer, who passed away in May 2007.

Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award
Named after co-founder of The Topsham Cryer and monthly columnist, who resides in Brunswick.

Richard F. Snow Nonfiction Award
Named after history teacher and local historian, who lives in Topsham. Richard Snow was also a Topsham Selectman and Sagadahoc County Commissioner.

Just Write books sponsors the following awards:

Maine-related Nonfiction
Main prize and honorable mention

The TPL Teen Room sponsors the following award:

TPL Teen Scene Award
Main prize and honorable mention for best teen work of either fiction, poetry or nonfiction.

The Friends of The Topsham Public Library sponsors the Honorable Mention Awards in the Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction categories and raises money that supports virtually all Topsham Public Library programming.

In 2014, an additional Honorable Mention in Poetry was made possible by an anonymous donation.