2016 CWA ANNUAL COMMUNICATION CONTEST (Scroll down for links!)

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.

Are you ready to be a winner? Great! It’s time to let the news about 2016 Cat Writers Communication Contest out of the bag.

What’s New: We are happy to announce TWO new special awards for 2016, bringing it to a record-setting 21 special awards to be available in this year’s contest. Here are the details on the first award:

The Barn Cats, Inc. Save-a-Feral Cat Award, sponsored by Barn Cats, Inc., is presented to the informative entry that best describes the plight of feral cats, or educates on the topics of TNR, feral cat relocation, humane and nonlethal colony management options. Entries will be judged for quality as well as the ability to persuade the reader. Qualified online or print entries include articles, blogs, features, columns, series of articles, websites, blogs, videos,. The award consists of a $500 and a commemorative item. 

The details on the second award are not yet in, but I can tell you that it is being sponsored by the Catalyst Council and will have something to do with community involvement and cats. Stay tuned for the coming specifics.

Deadlines: We’re back on a calendar-year format, so eligible entries must have been published, posted or aired between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. To be eligible for the contest, all entries must be postmarked no later than January 9, 2017 – no exceptions! Entries are to be sent to CWA Contest Chair Arden Moore, 726 Deep Well Drive, Allen, TX 75002.


The 23nd Annual CWA Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC, in conjunction with the 2017 BlogPaws Conference set for May 18-20, 2017. This marks the second consecutive year we have partnered with our friends at BlogPaws. We hope to see YOU at the conference!

Those interested in attending BlogPaws programming can check out registration links here. And here’s the link to the conference hotel.

BlogPaws traditionally has a “free night” on Friday, so the CWA Banquet will not conflict with BlogPaws 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!


(The documents and forms linked below are downloadable PDF files that you can save and/or print as required.)



2016 Regular Category List



2016 Regular Categories Entry Form

2016 Special Awards Entry Form

2016 Shojai Mentor Award Entry Form

2016 Michael Brim Distinguished Service Award Entry Form

Click here to pay your contest entry fees via Paypal.


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 nearly 300 professional cat journalists and their readers, please email CWA President Marci Kladnik for further information.