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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.

Muse MedallionEntries 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 San Mateo, CA in November. Recipients of the Muse MedallionTM (shown right) scored highest in this outstanding field of excellence and were announced at the 2006 annual conference.

I. Magazines

    Magazine, National Magazine
      Susan Logan "Cat Fancy" Bowtie Press

    Magazine Article - Health and Care
      Laura Lee Bloor, "Feline Fitness," Cat Fancy

    Magazine Article - Behavior & Training
      Debra Horwitz, "Cat Urine-Marking," All Animals

    Magazine Article - Other Topics
      Kari Winters, "The Best of Both Worlds," Cat Fancy

    Magazine Column
      Susan Logan, "Editor's Note," Cat Fancy

II. Newspapers

    Newspaper Article
      Joanne Anderson, "No Candy for Kitty," Babylon Beacon

    Newspaper Column
      Amy D. Shojai, "P'ETiQuette," Herald Democrat

III. Newsletters

    Newsletter - Breed
      Lynn Thompson "National Alliance of Burmese Breeders Newsletter" - National Alliance of Burmese Breeders

    Newsletter - National
      Arden Moore "Catnip"

    Newsletter - Regional or Membership
      Cimeron Morrissey, Cat Tales Newsletter

    Newsletter Article - Health and General Care
      Kim Thornton, "Update in Treating Diabetes," Catnip

    Newsletter Article - Other Topics
      Paul Glassner & Marlene Blackstone, "Princess Lana," Our Animals

    Newspaper Column
      Nancy Marano "Cat Chat" - Petroglyphs

IV. Miscellaneous

    Short Story
      Carole Nelson Douglas, "The Riches That There Lie," Poe's Lighthouse (Cemetary Dance Publications)

      Betsy Stowe, "Rhyme Time," CFA Fanc-e-Mews

      Dena Harris, "Jingle Ball Horrors," Cats & Kittens

    Special Publication
      The Humane Society of the United States, "Your Allergies and Your Pet"

    Opinion Piece/Essay/Editorial
      Dusty Rainbolt, "Ask Einstein,"

V. Books

      Clea Simon, Mew Is for Murder (Poisoned Pen Press

    Children's Book
      Judy Snider & Thomas McAteer, Goldy's Baby Socks (Xlibris)

    Health& Care Book
      Debra Eldredge & Margaret Bonham, Cancer & Your Pet (Capital Books)

    Gift Book
      Cathy Conheim & BJ Gallagher, What's the Matter with Henry? (Breakthrough Press)

    Book of Poetry
      Margy Ohring, Cat-House Sonnets (Jorlan Publishing)

    Other Book
      Amy Shojai, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Marty Becker, & Carol Kline, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul (HCI Publications)

VI. Non-Print Media

    DVD Production
      Laura Fulda, Cats Without a Home (Humane Society Silicon Valley) Eric Theis, Traci Theis, Kellyann Conway, Jeff Yarlett, & Sam Means, Your Adopted Cat (PetsIncredible)

    Radio Presentation
      Steve Dale, "Dr. Susan Little," Pet Central (WGN Radio)

    Online Magazine
      Mary Anne Miller,

    Online Article - Health and General Care
      Kim Thornton, "Shaggy Survivors Hanging on After Katrina,"

VII. Graphic Arts

    Black & White Photograph
      Sandra Toney, "Tulip Watches Butterflies Flutter," Catnip

    Color Photograph
      Joe Fierst, "Three Foster Sisters," Our Animals

      Stuart Hample, "Tiger's Tales, April 2006" Cat Fancy

      Brad W. Foster, Coyote Peyote cover (Cozy Noir Press)

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