ANNUAL COMMUNICATION COMPETITION (Scroll down for links!)
In November 1994, the newly formed Cat Writers’ Association, held its first writing competition. Founding member, the late Karen Kuykendall, designed the coveted Muse Medallion™. Karen was also the first recipient of a Muse Medallion. The Muse is awarded to the best work of like kind, such as newspaper articles about health and general care, magazine articles about behavior, or newsletter columns. The special awards go to the entry that best covers a specific topic.
Today, the spirit of the excellence still lives on in the Muse Medallion. That first competition had 5 regular categories and 10 sponsored special awards. Since then the awards have been broadened to most recently include dozens of regular categories and special awards. View PAST contest awards winners here!
2015 CONTEST RULES, CATEGORIES & FORMS
The 2015 contest entry eligibility period will be extended until December 31, 2015 this year (18 months rather than the usual 12), so that the contest period coincides with CWA’s fiscal year. The 2015 awards will be presented at the 2016 banquet (details tbd). The new contest period will only be 18 months long this one time. Entries must have been published between June 16, 2014 and December 31, 2015 to be eligible, and postmarked no later than January 18, 2016. For 2016 and beyond, the eligibility dates will correspond with the calendar, January 1 — December 31.
The process is as follows: Qualified entries are evaluated by professional members of the Cat Writers’ Association. Certificates of Excellence are sent to people whose entries receive an average score of 90 or higher by three professional CWA members. The certificate recipient with the highest score is the winner of the Muse Medallion for the category in which it was entered. In addition to the highly sought after Muse Medallions, numerous special awards are available through the generosity of corporate and private sponsors. The winners are announced at the Cat Writers’ Association Awards Banquet.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The 22nd Annual CWA Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening June 24, 2016, at the Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa outside Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the 2016 BlogPaws Conference. This choice was made after a wonderful experience sharing a CWA Writers’ Track at the 2015 BlogPaws Conference.
Those interested in attending BlogPaws programming can check out registration links here. And here’s the link to the resort. BlogPaws will soon post details about discounted hotel reservations, which should be in the $159/night range.
BlogPaws traditionally has a “free night” on Friday, so the CWA Banquet will not conflict with their events, CWA members and contest nominees can double their pleasure and attend BlogPaws events, and BlogPaws folks can join our furry throng for a fantastic Awards Night celebration!
READY…SET…ENTER YOUR WORK!
RULES & CATEGORIES
CWA is grateful to all of our sponsors for their continued support of our conference and contest. Without them, our conference and these awards would not be available. If you would like to sponsor a CWA Special Award and reach more than 300 professional cat journalists and their readers, please email CWA President Marci Kladnick for further information.