Achievements

In addition to numerous, annually recurring events, there are also many unique events, festivals, fairs, markets and contests in which Pen has participated. Workshops, editorial processes, juries and master classes complement the necessary theory and practice, and Pen can thus draw on years of experience.

With her passion, drive and thoughtful approach, Pen succeeds in continually taking on new challenges, unique collaborations and daring projects and bringing them to a successful conclusion, be it as a writer or as an artist/illustrator.

  • Several editions of these festivals and fairs with international exposure have already seen Pen as a visitor or even (co-)exhibitor:

    • Antwerp Book Fair
    • Archeon Midwinter Fair (NL)
    • Fantastyval (NL)
    • Elfia (NL)
    • Imagicon (NL)
    • Dutch Comic Con (NL)
    • Castlefest (NL)
    • F.A.C.T.S.
    • Elftopia
  • Markets with a more local audience can also be cosy, such as those with Pen in Melle, Ghent, Zele, Leuven, Herentals, Kermt and Leiden (NL).

  • Other participations include e.g. Drawing Days in Ghent, the SBH Open Book Days, Totally Booked on Tour, and Wintercode-on-Tour.

  • The countless writing contests always amount to exhausting efforts, but ultimately also to enrichment:

    • Paul Harland Prize/Harland Awards (2010-2016)
    • Luitingh Fantasy
      • Dromen en demonen
    • Fantastyval
      • Fantastische reis
    • Young-adults.nl
      • Dystopia
      • Dark romance
    • Unleash Award
    • Gentasia Awards
      • Youth
      • Young adults
      • Adults
    • Azra Magazine
    • EdgeZero
  • With different juries and sometimes risky stories, the results of course varied. Several shortlist nominations and high-flyers stood out and were collected in two anthologies, each with multiple short stories and one novella.

  • Only recently, such contest stories can also compete for the EdgeZero Award. In 2017, Pen also won a nomination there.

  • For the Trek Sagae story contest, Pen was a member of the jury in 2016 and in 2017.
    Pen is also part of the jury for Ambilicious's dialogue writing contest “Pennen met mosterd”.

  • In 2015 there was also a participation in an art contest: Schilderij van het Jaar 2015 (Painting of the year 2015).

  • Pen has made her own contributions to these remarkable projects:

    • Story collection Atlas for victims on the Philippine island of Samar Giporlos
    • Art auction for the benefit of the animal shelter in Ghent
    • Translation of Splinter short story Tempo
    • Verhalenwevers (story weavers) on Hebban.nl
    • Distortia graphic novel based on Pen's own novella
  • Pen herself painted the covers and illustrations for her own anthologies and novel.

  • In 2014, some of Pen's paintings were also on display in Flanders Expo, in the exhibition Beestjes & Baasjes.

  • In the same year, Pen agreed to serve as ambassador for Part-time Art Education at the Wetteren Academy of Fine Arts.

  • Pen also gives subsidised lectures and workshops in schools, libraries etc..