The National Amateur Press Association is the oldest Amateur
Press group in the world. From the first convention in 1876
to the present day, this organization has been
dedicated to the furtherance of Amateur Journalism as a hobby.
Although deeply rooted in the “Black Art” of letterpress
printing, all of the associated arts of writing, editing,
publishing, and illustration are equally important to NAPA
members. Each month’s bundle of papers, mailed to all members,
will contain the work of printers, some who do not write, and
writers and poets, and some who also print. Some edit and publish
the work of others, leaving the craft of printing to yet others.
The best work of each year is awarded a Laureate Award to
recognize the members’ achievements. Laureates, and Honorable
Mentions are awarded in these categories: Poetry, Fiction,
History of Amateur Journalism, Editorial Comment, Miscellaneous
Prose, Art, Editing, Printing, and Letterpress Printing.
Printing was historically done using letterpress, but offset, photocopy,
mimeograph, and spirit duplicator have all been used. Today’s
bundles often contain journals produced by computer and laser
printer. In each case, the words and their presentation are the
focus, not the technology.
A free three-month
is available for those who want to explore the hobby of Amateur Journalism!