Contest

2017 CWA ANNUAL COMMUNICATION CONTEST (Scroll down for links!)

Information Updated February 2, 2018, by wac (wendy@wendycats.com)

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IMPORTANT!

Nominations are still being accepted for the Shojai Mentor Award and the Michael Brim Distinguished Service Award!

For links to nomination information and forms, scroll down.


MuseIn November, 1994, the newly formed Cat Writers’ Association, held its first writing contest. 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!

Qualified entries are evaluated by professional members of the Cat Writers’ Association. Certificates of Excellence are awarded to entries that earn an average score of 90 or higher, as judged by three professional CWA members. The Certificate of Excellence 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 Annual Awards Banquet.

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NEW THIS YEAR!

CWA COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS NEWCOMER BLOGGER’S HOME-ENRICHMENT SPECIAL AWARD 

Sponsored by The CWA’s Council of Directors, this Award is presented to the online blogger (written or visual/video with accompanying text) who inspires cat caretakers to create an enriched and stylish environment for their pets. Qualified entrants must be new members of CWA having joined between January 1 and December 31 of the current contest year. The winner’s blog or site must have a minimum readership of 1000+ subscribers. The winner must publish on a regular basis, and show a consistent pattern of interaction with readers through audience involvement (questions, postings, etc.). The winning entry must demonstrate a written/visual presentation that inspires readers to do more at home to improve their cats’ environment and lifestyle, demonstrating good taste and style in terms of branding/blog identity (i.e. stylish and clever). Most importantly, the blogger must educate the audience on how to improve the lifestyles, wellness and happiness of their cats. The award consists of $500 and a commemorative item.

NEW SPONSORSHIP THIS YEAR!

The CWA SHOJAI MENTOR AWARD is now sponsored by CWA, in honor of Past President and co-Founder Amy D. Shojai. The award recognizes the CWA member who has offered guidance, encouraging counsel, support, or other help that has had a direct and positive influence on another’s writing/publishing success. Qualifying mentor experiences are limited to those occurring within the past three contest periods (approximately the last three years). The recipient shall exemplify the highest ideals of the CWA vision, that is, to promote communal support, networking, and mutual respect between colleagues. Only CWA members are eligible for this award. This award consists of $500 and a commemorative item. There is no entry fee required to nominate someone for this award. Please download and complete the Application to nominate someone for this Award.


 

This year, for the first time, the CWA contest invited all-digital entries, to help save postage costs and to help evaluate this option for the future.

And it was a rousing success! 68 percent of all Regular Category entries were submitted digitally, as were 70 percent of Special Award entries. Thanks, contest entrants!

 

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The 23nd Annual CWA Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, June 9, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060.

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 CONFERENCE AND AWARDS BANQUET OVERVIEW


 

Nominations for the 2017 Shojai Mentor Award

NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED. 

To nominate your candidate for this Award, download, print and complete the 2017 Shojai Mentor Award Entry Form

In addition, please include a brief summary (no longer than one single-spaced page) of your mentor experience, including direct, positive results of the relationship between you and your nominee. See Contest Rules for more details.

Mail your nomination materials to Wendy Christensen, 256 Timbertop Rd., New Ipswich NH  03071  USA.

Or, Email ALL-DIGITAL Entries to wendy@wendycats.com


Nominations for the 2017 Michael Brim Distinguished Service Award

NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED.

To nominate your candidate for this Award, download, print and complete the 2017 Michael Brim Distinguished Service Award Entry Form

In addition, please include a brief summary (no longer than one single-spaced page) of your nominee’s accomplishments. See Contest Rules for more details.

Mail your nomination materials to Wendy Christensen, 256 Timbertop Rd., New Ipswich NH  03071  USA.

Or, Email ALL-DIGITAL Entries to wendy@wendycats.com

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SUMMARY – 2017 RULES & CATEGORIES

2017 CWA COMMUNICATION CONTEST RULES

2017 Regular Contest Categories List

2017 Special Awards List

2017 ENTRY FORMS

2017 Shojai Mentor Award Entry Form

2017 Michael Brim Distinguished Service Award Entry Form

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CWA is grateful to all of our sponsors for their continued support of our Annual Conference and Communications Contest. Without them, our Conference and these awards would not be available. If you would like to explore sponsorship opportunities, such as sponsoring a CWA Special Award,  and reach over 260 professional cat journalists and their readers, please email CWA President Marci Kladnik for further information.

 


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