2004 CWA COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST
The regular category entries below were scored independently by three CWA member judges who had no knowledge of who else shared their judging assignments. Each judge awarded points on a scale of 1-100, and forwarded the results to the Contest Chair. The three scores were then averaged by the Contest Chair to calculate the Certificate of Excellence winners and Muse MedallionTM recipients. There were more than 400 entries in this year's contest in both the regular and Special Awards.
President, Fran Pennock Shaw welcomes attendees to the 11th Annual CWA
Photo: ©Betsy Stowe
Entries must reflect a certain standard of excellence to be mentioned as a finalist. The Certificate of Excellence citations below indicate the entry received an average score of 90 points or higher. Muse Medallions will be awarded in each category at the annual awards conference in Houston, TX in November. Recipients of the Muse MedallionTM (shown right) scored highest in this outstanding field of excellence and were announced at the 2004 annual conference.
I.4 - Magazine Article - Health and General Care
Arnold Plotnick "Feline First Aid" Kittens USA
Judge's comments: "This is an article to keep handy at all times and to hand out to every adopter of a new kitten."
I.5 - Magazine Article - Training & Behavior
Pamela J. Reid "Touchy: Pet-Induced Aggression in Cats" ASPCA Animal Watch
Jacque Lynn Schultz "The Trouble with Cats and Plants" ASPCA Animal Watch
Judge's comments: "A tightly organized, clear and accessible piece that conveyed a lot of useful information and handy tips. It could be hung on a refrigerator for easy reference."
I.6 - Magazine Article - Other
Nancy Lawson "The Declaw Dilemma" Animal Sheltering
Judge's comments: "It was really hard to judge such excellent articles."
I.7 - Magazine Column
Arnold Plotnick "Feline Frontiers" Cat Fancy
Judge's comments: "A lot of information clearly presented. Informative and direct."
II.1 - Newspaper Article
Sophia Yin "Cats Aren't Cut Out to Be Vegetarians" San Francisco Chronicle
Judge's comments: "This was wonderful reading."
II.2 - Newspaper Column
Amy D. Shojai "P'Etiquette" The Herald-Democrat
Judge's comments: "Well written, organized and researched. An all-around professional, readable, education and fun job!"
III.1 - Newsletter - Breed Specific
Ev Russell "International Scottish Fold Association Newsletter" International Scottish Fold Association
Judge's comments: "This newsletter has come a long way since I started judging this breed. Very impressive!"
III.2 - Newsletter - Others, National Circulation
Kris Rerecich "Alley Cat Action" Alley Cat Allies
Judge's comments: "An excellent job of meeting the target audience. Overall a consistent voice and style, more emotive."
III.3 - Newsletter - Others, Regional or Membership Circulation
Nancy Marano "Petroglyphs" Petroglyphs
Judge's comments: "Excellent newsletter devoted to helping pets."
III.4 - Newsletter Article - Health and General Care
Arden Moore "Litterbox Lessons" Catnip
Judge's comments: "A lot of great articles. I learned a lot."
III.5 - Newsletter Article - Other Topics
Wendy Christensen "Cool, Clever Calicos" Catnip
Judge's comments: "A lot of fabulous info here."
III.6 - Newspaper Column
Nancy Marano "Cat Chat" Petroglyphs
Arden Moore "Editor's Note" Catnip
Judge's comments: "I like the authors' accessible voce and engaging style-includes a nice dash of humor."
IV. Short Story, Poetry, Humor and Miscellaneous
IV.1 - Short Story
Carole Nelson Douglas "License to Koi" Berkley Prince Crime Publishing
Judge's comments: "This story is clever, spirited and entertaining with a slick cat hero. Thanks for a good read!"
IV.2 - Poem or Book of Poetry
Betsy Stowe "Calico Tales and Others" Infinity Publishing
Judge's comments: "Her beautifully crafted poems truly capture the spirit and soul of cats. Her words mesmerize."
IV.3 - Humor
Dusty Rainbolt "Dear Hobbes" City + Country Pets
Judge's comments: "This one made me laugh out loud."
IV.4 - Series, Subject-Related
Koren Wetmore "The State of Cats in 2004" Cat Fancy
Judge's comments: "My head was spinning with all the information presented here. Awesome!"
IV.5 - Brochure, Pamphlet, or Special Publication
The Humane Society of the United States "Obstetrician/Gynecologist Toxoplasmosis Mailing" The Humane Society of the United States
Judge's comments: "A thoroughly professional presentation. Informative, well-written, well designed and indisputably credible."
IV.6 - Opinion Piece/Essay/Editorial
Steve Dale "Rebuttal to Vet Care Article" Tribune Media Services
Amy Shojai "Don't Make Litter-ary Errors" The Herald-Democrat
Judge's comments: "Offers a strong, convincing opinion. It packs a punch in a relatively short space.'
V.1 - Fiction
Victor DiGenti "Windrusher" The Writers' Collective
Judge's comments: "Great characters and emotionally engaging. Well done!"
V.2 - Children
Leslea Newman and Ronald Himler "The Best Cat in the World" Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Judge's comments: "This is just about the perfect picture book. The illustrations are lush and vibrant, and the story perfectly captures the grief and the return of hope in life after a death."
V.3 - Care & Health
Lila Miller and Stephen Zawistowski "Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff" Blackwell Publishing
Judge's comments: "Bravo for taking this topic on! The issues are complex and will only get more so. Congratulations for making a major contribution to animal health for years to come."
V.4 - Training & Behavior
Beth Adelman "Every Cat's Survival Guide to Living With a Neurotic Owner" Barnes & Noble Books
Judge's comments: "A nice twist on basic information. The writing is clever but not too cutesy. She successfully gets away with breaking the "don't write in the cat's voice" rule.
V.6 - Other
Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer "One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter" No Voice Unheard
Judge's comments: "Powerfully makes its compelling point. I felt so much anger and sadness in reading the book that it was often difficult to continue."
VI. Non-Print Media
VI.2 - Radio Presentation, Audiotape, or CD
Steve Dale "The Pet News with Steve Dale" Matrix Media
Judge's comments: "Really targets all aspects of the category criteria."
VI.3 - Online Magazine or Newsletter
Lee Harper "PandECats.com" PandECats.com
Judge's comments: "Has many overall useful articles. Easy to read type and clear index on the front page."
VI.4 - Single Online Article - Health and General Care
Louise Holton "Veterinary Care: Guidelines for Veterinarians Treating Feral Cats" Alley Cat Rescue
Judge's comments: "I saved this for reference."
VI.4a - Single Online Article - Other Topics
Steve Dale "La Casa de los Gatos" Animal Planet.com
Judge's comments: "A story that needs to be told."
VI.5 - Online Column
Wendy Christensen "Herding Cats...at Home" Kitty Bytes by The Cat Site
Amy Shojai "Emotional Health" CatChow.com
Judge's comments: "To read either one is to see a master at work."
VII. Graphic Arts
VII.1 - Single Photograph, black & white
Bev Caldwell "Can We Go, Too?" CatWatch
Judge's comments: "The best images aren't planned, so the photographer must be ready to capture them in a flash."
VII.2 - Single Photograph, color
Barbara Kittell "Cat Dance" ASPCA Animal Watch
Judge's comments: "The focus of this category is to capture that single moment in time that conveys the essence of what it is like to be a cat. This photo does that in a meow-va-lous manner.'
VII.3 - Photography Series, black & white
Lorenz Kienzle "ABC Cat" Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Judge's comments: "These photos were outstanding and I hope to see more work from him."
VII.4 - Photography Series, color
Weems S. Hutto "Kittens For Dummies" Wiley Publishing
Meredith Weiss "Trap, Neuter, Return: The Humane Alternative" ASPCA Animal Watch
Judge's comments: "All these entries are technically perfect, but the winners edged out with their artistic mood and emotion."
VII.5 - Illustration or Cartoon
Wendy Christensen "Sunflower Calico" I Love Cats
Judge's comments: "I hope it's OK to give 100 points."
VII.6 - Series of Illustrations or Cartoons
Brad W. Foster "Something Fishy" Cozy Noir Press
Judge's comments: "The illustrations were interesting, emotive, unique. I wish there were more!"
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