April 29 is Poet’s Day at Williamson Co. Library!

POETS’ DAY: April 29 from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN. There will be open MIC Poetry Reading. The event is free and open to the Public.
Organized by Poets From The Neighborhood (PFTN) as part of POETRY MONTH celebration!

Dr. Veera S. Rajaratnam – Featured Poet at Scarritt Bennett February 23

Dr. Veera S. Rajaratnam has an exhibition, “Portraits, Poetry & Paintings,” at the Williamson County Public Library through January 31. In addition, she will be featured at the Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett on February 23 at 7 p.m. Dr. Rajaratnam will be reading from her book Joy of Being www.joypoet.com.

WNBA Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Writing Pen and PaperThe deadline for the WNBA Annual Writing Contest has been extended to February 15, 2017. Entries are currently being accepted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, and Poetry. For more information, visit the National website, Awards & Contests.

WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted now through January 17, 2017, for the 5th annual WNBA Writing Contest.


  • First place winners receive $250
  • There will be four awards in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention
  • All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman
  • Winners announced May 1, 2017. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website


3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Submit your work online here

$15 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members.

WNBA Writing Contest Now Open


Writing contest WNBA-Nashville chapterEntries are being accepted now through January 15, 2017, for the Fifth Annual WNBA Writing Contest. Categories are:

Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction – 3,000 words maximum.

Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary.
2,500 words maximum.

3-5 pages of poetry.

WNBA members: $15 per entry
Non-members: $20 per entry

Submit your entries here.
For more information about the writing contest, judges, and past winners, check out our national website.

2015-16 Writing Contest Winners

Writing Pen and PaperThe results of the 2015-16 Writing Contest are in. Thank you to all the writers who submitted their work for consideration, and congratulations to our winners! First place winners in each category are:

Gail Entrekin (Orinda, California) for “Before Making Love”

Nina Smith (North Charleston, South Carolina) for “Chef”

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Wendy Brown-Baez (Columbia Heights, Minnesota) for “Pilgrimage”

To read more about the contest, including second and third place winners in each catergory, check out our national website.

April 2 Meeting – Bill Brown, Poet

Please join us on Thursday, April 2, as we celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit from poet Bill Brown. Brown is the author of six collections of poetry, three chapbooks, and a writing textbook co-authored with Malcolm Glass. During the past twenty years, he has published hundreds of poems and articles in college, journals, magazines and anthologies. In 1999, Brown wrote and co-produced the instructional television series, Student Centered Learning for Nashville Public Television.

Brown holds an undergraduate degree from Bethel College and graduate degrees in English from The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, and George Peabody College. From 1983 to his retirement in 2003, he directed the writing program at Hume Fogg Academic Magnet School in Nashville. After retirement he was a part time lecturer at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

In 1995 the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named him Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at The Breadloaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two-time recipient of fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2011 the Tennessee Writers Alliance awarded Brown Writer-of-the-Year.

Brown’s most recent work is titled, Elemental, published in November 2014 by Taos Press. In this masterful combination of memoir and poetry, he explores “how myth invades our private lives,” and how from the distance of age, we become our stories. His poetry presents the many and varied seasons of life and the shadow of a man’s fate. He lives in Greenbrier, Tennessee in the hills of Robertson County with his wife Suzanne and a tribe of cats.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. We will meet at Jonathan’s Grille at The Green Hills Mall. (3805 Green Hills Village Dr. Nashville, TN 37215).  The program will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Come early, starting at 5:00 p.m., for an opportunity to network with other members and guests, and if you like, order from Jonathan’s Grille dinner menu.