Whether you write about cats, blog about cats, photograph cats, or celebrate cats in some other form of media, we invite you to the Cat Writers’ Association. Follow these links for more information.
- Apply to join CWA or renew your application, learn about the benefits and requirements of membership
- Goals of the Cat Writers’ Association
CWA Membership Benefits and Requirements
Join the international professional writers’ association that provides news, information and education to the public on all aspects of cats — the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA).
The Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. offers many benefits to you as a member:
- Numerous networking opportunities, including an annual roster listing each member’s contact information and areas of expertise.
- Our quarterly newsletter, the award-winning MEOW, keeps you updated on official CWA business and tells you what your fellow cat writers, artists and other professionals are doing. The MEOW also includes helpful and informative articles, writing tips, market information to help you sell your work and inspirational essays from seasoned writers and other professionals who communicate about cats.
- A press card to facilitate your attendance at cat shows and events.
- Our annual Cat Writers’ Association Communications Contest to recognize outstanding cat writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more), broadcasting, artwork and photography.
- Our annual CWA Writer’s Conference offering superb networking opportunities and professional guidance and advice from seasoned writers and other professionals.
- Opportunities to make mutually beneficial professional contacts — and good friends!
- News and tips on publishing opportunities and markets.
Members of the CWA help contribute to the appreciation and welfare of all cats by providing accurate news, information and education on all aspects of felines, their nature, health, care and lore.
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CWA Membership Requirements
To be considered for membership in the CWA, you must include, along with your application and $40.00 fee (including $10.00 non-refundable application processing fee), CAT-RELATED samples of your work published or publicly produced during the preceding 12 months (24 months for books). All work samples must be dated, include the publication’s name, and must contain significant “cat content,” not just mention cats in passing or use them as props or scenery. Works that portray cats in a negative, inhumane or irresponsible manner do not qualify as work samples for CWA membership.
Applicants: Please review the work sample guidelines, below, before selecting work samples to accompany your application!
Need a CWA member sponsor? Applications naming CWA member(s) as sponsor(s) receive the highest consideration. The CWA encourages prospective members to contact a current CWA member to discuss possible sponsorship. (Go to http://www.catwriters.com and click on “Our Members.”) Don’t specify a sponsor without their consent. Most CWA members will be happy to discuss your cat-related work and your CWA membership application with you.
CWA guidelines for submitted work samples
All entries must be published within the last two years of submission and be original work. Three (3) work samples will be required with application submission (with the exception of the book category, in which one (1) complete book is required).
- Any work submitted for CWA membership consideration must be to a large extent about, or relevant to, cats (at least 2/3 of content). If submitting non-fiction samples, the piece may include other animals or topics, but most of the sample must pertain to cats (pet, feral, rescue, etc.) In fictional works, it is not essential that a cat be the main character, but felines must be integral to the plot and story, rather than incidental characters or walk-ons.
- Articles, poems, photographs, artwork, calendars, and other forms of media (printed or electronic) from edited print or online publications (magazines, newsletters, newspapers, etc.) are acceptable as work samples. If a submission is published as a ghost author or under a pseudonym, verification will be required from the editor of the source of publication. Proof of financial compensation should also be available and is required in cases where the candidate is seeking professional membership status. Special consideration may be given to writers, photographers, videographers, and more for nonprofit organizations who are not compensated for their work as long as the submitted pieces meet the objective standards for membership approval.
- To be eligible for consideration for professional membership, CWA will accept electronically published work samples from publications such as personal blogs, websites, podcasts, webinars, and videos if the following criteria are met:
i. The source has been established for one year or longer,
ii. Content has been published at least once a month for a period of at least six months prior to submission.
iii. Candidate must provide proof of income/compensation for at least one work sample where the applicant was compensated, whether through product or monetary remuneration.
iv. Submissions that do not meet the above requirements may be considered for Associate Membership.
4. Books submitted as work samples shall be submitted as a pdf file or link to the actual document for review. The entire book should be submitted for consideration . A large majority (at least ⅔) of the content of non-fiction books should address cats. The piece may include other animals or topics, but most of the sample must pertain to cats (pet, feral, rescue, etc.). In fictional works, it is not essential that a cat be the main character, but felines must be integral to the plot and story, rather than incidental characters or walk-ons. Book submissions shall be evaluated based on the quality of the work. Candidate must provide proof of income/compensation for at least one work sample where the applicant was compensated, whether through product or monetary remuneration The overall quality of all submitted works shall be considered as part of the evaluation process, in addition to the qualifications already defined. Considerations shall include but not be limited to grammar, spelling, punctuation, accuracy, and general presentation of the work. The work must display responsible and accurate communication about cats.
5. Any member of the CWA Membership Committee has the right to request additional writing or other work samples, or supporting documents, from any applicant.
In all cases, if the CWA membership Committee requests additional substantiation and/or information from an applicant, the amount of time given for consideration before final approval of the application may be extended by up to 30 days.
Ready to apply? Submit your application here!