Visit the new WNBA National and WNBA Centennial websites!

Women’s National Book Association
Connecting, Educating, Advocating & Leading since 19wnbaEst.191717


The WNBA National website has a new updated redesign, tying in with our new logo! Take a look and check out the information and features it includes.


In addition, we’ve launched the brand new WNBA CENTENNIAL WEBSITE, which includes fascinating information about WNBA’s 100 year history, a schedule of programming (watch for updates!), new Centennial merchandise, and more.


Look at our great new logo!!


Isn’t this spiffy?  We think so!  We’re getting ready to celebrate WNBA’s centennial in 2017, so we’re giving our association a brand new look in preparation!



We’re busy updating logos here on the website and elsewhere, so there will be a short transition, but soon you’ll see our new one everywhere………. Stay tuned!











Call for nominations! WNBA 2nd Century Prize! Deadline March 15

WNBA members — please note!

Nominations for the WNBA 2nd Century Prize have been extended through March 15, which is two weeks from Monday, so you still have a few weeks to get that in!

A reminder: The criteria for the prize will be:
–A national nonprofit literacy organization focusing on women and children which actively demonstrates the positive effects and joys derived from reading
–A domestic, not international, organization
–An organization that is accredited and fully vetted to be compatible with the mission of WNBA
–An organization in existence for a minimum of five years at the time of the presentation
–An organization in which the monetary amount of the prize would make a difference to its mission

The nomination form should be sent to Mary Grey James at

Thank you!!

The perks of being a WNBA Charlotte member!

Why join the Women’s National Book Association and our Charlotte chapter?  Read what our members have to say about the many benefits of membership – and join us today!

If you’re already a member, and you haven’t renewed and paid your membership dues yet for 2014-2015, now is the time to do this — especially if you want to attend Bibliofeast and buy tickets a the discounted member price!  


Carol Baldwin
WNBA Charlotte Board Member

Author of Teaching the Story, creative writing teacher,
young adult fiction writer

“What do I get out of my WNBA membership? How about one word: Networking.  Ok, ok. I could write a sentence…but that really says it all!” 

Nicole Ayers
WNBA Charlotte Board Member and Events & Programming Co-Chair
Freelance Editor

“I’m so thankful to be included in an organization like WNBA. As an individual new to the book industry, I have been welcomed by intelligent, book loving women. I leave each meeting feeling ready to try new things.”

Read more about why we’re members of WNBA Charlotte!


Pannell Award deadline extended to January 10 — be sure to nominate your favorite indie bookstores!

The Women’s National Book Association has announced January 10, 2014, as the new deadline for customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone else who is impressed with the work of a particular children’s specialty or general interest independent bookstore to submit nominations for the 2014 WBNA Pannell Award.

The award is presented annually at BookExpo America to a general independent bookstore and a children’s specialty that enhance their communities by employing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in children and teenagers.

Nominations should be sent to with the following information:

  • Name, e-mail address, and phone number of the person making the nomination
  • That person’s connection to the nominated store
  • A brief statement outlining the reasons the store is being nominated
  • Contact information for the owner or manager of the nominated store

Nominations are due by January 10, 2014, at which time a press release will be issued listing the nominees. Each nominated store will then put together an electronic submission with a description of its activities, goals, and contributions to the local community that involve young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, and anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The Pannell Award jurors will notify the winners, as well as all nominated stores, sometime in the spring.

Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.


Enter WNBA’s 2nd Annual Writing Contest!

2013 WNBA Writing Contest

Submission Period: August 15 – November 15, 2013

Online submissions only

Unpublished work only

Fiction 2,500 word limit – short fiction only; no novel excerpts or memoirs

Poetry: 3- 5 pages maximum

Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted and paid.

Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format)


Fiction: Meg Waite Clayton

Poetry: Molly Peacock


Women’s National Book Association Members: $15 per entry

Non-Members: $20 per entry

Entries are submitted online at this link: Submit Your Entry

PRIZE: $250 cash prize and publication in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide. Proceeds from the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

Contest winners will be announced March 2014.

Questions? E mail Contest Chairperson:

Thank you for your submissions! Proceeds from the contest help support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.


The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. In 2012, the first of our annual writing contests was announced.

Read the latest news from WNBA National!

Here’s the new WNBA National newsletter —

 THE BOOKWOMAN, Summer 2013 issue!

WNBA Charlotte members, read and enjoy on your computer or tablet or phone. Or you might even print this out on paper to read at the beach or the pool…… cheaper than electronic toys if you drop your newsletter in the water!!







WNBA-Charlotte Board members participate in the WNBA National Meeting in Nashville

— Four of our dedicated WNBA-Charlotte board members recently took part in the annual WNBA National Meeting, held this year in Nashville in early June.  Over 2 1/2 days of meetings, representatives of all 10 WNBA chapters and the national board of directors discussed ongoing and new initiatives for the organization, including preliminary plans for WNBA’s CENTENNIAL, coming up in 2017.

Our chapter was ably represented by:

Carin Siegfried, National Vice President and President-Elect and our WNBA-Charlotte Founding President
Kristen Knox, our 2013-2015 President
Emily Pearce, our 2013-2015 Vice President
Quinlan Lee, our current Treasurer and National WNBA Pannell Award Committee member









Photos:  Top — Kristen Knox, Carin
Siegfried, Daphne Kalotay (WNBA-Boston),
and Rachelle Yousuf (WNBA- Los Angeles)

Left — Quinlan Lee and Joan Gelfand
(WNBA-San Francisco and National Board)

Right — Kristen with LOTS of books!

The meeting in Nashville included a evening at Parnassus Books, highlighted by the presentation of the 2012 WNBA Award to author and Parnassus Books owner Ann Patchett.  Congratulations, Ann, and thank you for all you do for the world of books!









Attention, WNBA-Charlotte members who are published authors!

Please note this important opportunity from WNBA National for our members who have published books —

One of the features of our WNBA National Board meeting every year is highlighting our WNBA authors in a special display during the meeting. After the meeting, one copy of each author’s book is sent to the Boston Public Library, which archives WNBA authors and displays them on special occasions. This will certainly be a part of our 100th anniversary celebration in 2017, so we want to be sure everyone who has published a book will be represented.

This year the WNBA National Meeting takes place in Nashville on June 8-10. Please send a copy of your book(s) to the national meeting to arrive no later than Friday, June 7 (preferably earlier!) Books can be mailed directly to Mary Grey James, WNBA National Communications Chair, at 2200 Sharondale Dr., Nashville, TN 37215. OR please contact our Charlotte chapter at to arrange to have one of our board members take your books by car to Nashville when they go to the National Meeting. You will need to get your books to us by Monday, June 3, at the latest.

Mary Grey will be responsible for setting up the display. If you wish to sell your books at the meeting, you may do so, but you would need to arrange this in advance with our WNBA-Charlotte board members who will be there. Please note that authors themselves are responsible for collecting payment and return shipping. In other words, Mary Grey will ship one copy of each book to Boston, but authors who supply more than one copy are expected to sell and/or return all unsold copies themselves.

We hope to hear from all of our fabulous WNBA authors soon. Thanks in advance!

P.S. — if you are not certain about your current membership status, please contact Membership Chair Carolyn Abiad. You DO need to be a current dues-paid member in order to participate in this opportunity.



WNBA National Announces the 2013 Pannell Award Nominees







February 15, 2013 /
Contact: Quinlan Lee,                                                                

Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore

Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA

Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA

Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

Children’s Specialty Store

Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA

4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN

Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY

Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA


The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

        Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books

        Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group

        Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota

        Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books

        Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books


 The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.


Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.  Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the written word.