Joy of the Pen Writing Competition is Open for Submissions

Are you a writer? Do you have some stories or poems that you’ve been working on? Is there a story hanging out in your mind but you haven’t had reason to get it out on paper? Now is the time! We are accepting submissions for our annual writing competition, The Joy of the Pen, from Saturday, September 7 through Saturday, October 5, 2019. The Joy of the Pen is Topsham Public Library’s annual writing competition open to Maine residents, both amateur and professional.

We accept previously unpublished submissions in the following categories: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine-related nonfiction and teen fiction and teen poetry. Submit online at

The Joy of the Pen Reception will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00PM to announce the winners. Joy of the Pen is sponsored by The Cryer, Friends of the Topsham Public Library, Just Write Books and the TPL Teen Room.

You won’t know until you try. Polish off the stories, poems, and/or remembrances and submit them. You’ve got nothing to lose!