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May 12, 2016

This is a message from your CWA Contest Chair, Arden Moore.

And the certificate goes to….possibly you! We have just tabulated the judging scores for the entries for the 2015 Cat Writers’ Association Communication Contest. This annual contest drew nearly 300 entries in 37 categories – and yes, one person did earn a perfect score.

If you haven’t done so, please book your reservations now to attend the annual CWA conference June 23-25 at the Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, AZ (near Phoenix). We’re teaming up with the 2016 BlogPaws Conference – double the opportunity to network and bolster your journalistic skills.

And, remember, the top score in each category will win the coveted Muse medallion. MUSE medallions and other CWA awards will be presented at the 22nd annual CWA Awards Banquet, to be held on Friday, June 24, 2016, during the conference.

We give “paws and applause” to all of you CWA professional members who graciously stepped up to serve as judges for this year’s contest.

We are pleased to announce that the following entrants scored 90 or higher (based on averaging from three judges in each category) to become finalists and earn Certificates of Excellence:
CWA 2015 Communication Contest
Certificate of Excellence Winners
1.1 Magazine National Circulation (no entries)
1.2 Magazine Article/Health & General Care
      Bahner, Sally E. - Grooming Longhaired Cats
      Barnes, Deborah - New Kitty on the Block
      Dorn, Andrea - Don't Let Plants Be Killers
      Griffin, Brenda - What's That Bug in Your Ear, Kitty?
      Marek, Ramona - Cognitive Dysfunction in Cats
      Sharp, Michael - What Goes Down
      Shaw, Fran Pennock - An Aggressive Foe
      Shaw, Fran Pennock - Little Kitty, Big Appetite
I.3 Magazine Article/Behavior & Training
      Yin, DVM, Sophia - Young Cats, New Tricks
I.4 Magazine Article/Rescue & Advocacy
      Antoniades, Kate - She Longed to Be Part of Their World
      Fry, Patricia - Chose Your Cat's Godparents
      Funkhouser, Maggie - From Loved Companions to Vilified Killers
      Hettinger, James - Change for the Better In Chico
      Hettinger, James - The Road to Happy Returns
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Spectacular Seniors
      Lange, Karen E. - Fostering Hope
      Peterson, Nancy - The Purrpose of Life
      Wynn, Bethany - Three Mascoteers
I.5 Magazine Article - Any Other Topic
      Bangs, BJ - Visit 50 Places for Your Cat Fix
      Hess, Catherine - The Cat's Meow
      Kennedy, Bianca Lundien - A Bond Beyond Illness
      Shaw, Fran Pennock - The Meaning of Meow
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Wild Cats of the Americas
I.6 Magazine Column
      Kelley, JaneA - Recessionista
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Who's That Cat?
II.1 Newspaper Article – Health & General Care (no entries)
II.2 Newspaper Article – Behavior & Training (no entries)
II.3 Newspaper Article/Rescue&Advocacy
      Reeder, Jen - Cat Crusader
II.4 Newspaper Article – Any Other Topic (no entries)
II.5 Newspaper Column
      Ewing, Susan M. - The Pet Pen
III.1 Newsletter/Breed Specific (no winners)
III.2 Newsletter/National Circulation (no entries)
III.3 Newsletter/Regional Or Membership
      Holton, Louise - Alley Cat Mews
III.4 Newsletter/Health & General Care
      Deneen, Sally - Can Treats Make Them Pack on Pounds?
      Shaw, Fran Pennock - Special Renal Diets Can Lengthen Lives
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Living Fully to the Last Moment
III.5 Newsletter Article/Behavior & Training (no entries)
III.6 Newsletter Article/Rescue/Advocacy (no winners)
III.7 Newsletter Article/Any Other Topic
      Funkhouser, Maggie - Cats and Coyotes Living in Harmony
      Marek, Ramona D. - Estate Planning and Your Pets
III.8 Newsletter Column
      Garson, Lyn T. - Technically Speaking
IV.1 Short Story
      Holm, Catherine – Sideways
IV.2 Poem
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Upon Seeing Himself in a Mirror
      Mohr, Linda A. - Morning Visitor
      Willett, Susan C. - Haiku By Cat: Drifting
      Willett, Susan C. - Haiku By Cat: River
      Willett, Susan C. - Haiku By Cat: Counterintuitive
IV.3 Humor
      Nolan, Allia Zobel - Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much
IV.4 Brochure, Pamphlet or Short Publication (no entries)
IV.5 Annual or Long Publication (no winners)
IV.6 Opinion Piece
      Rainbolt, Dusty - January Is Celebration of Life Month
      Reeder, Jen - Let's Discuss Pets During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
IV.7 PR/Humane Education Press Kits
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Homeless Cat Management
V.1 Books Fiction
      Boneham, Sheila Webster - Catwalk
      Douglas, Carole Nelson - Cat In A Yellow Spotlight
      Powell, Lisa Annette - Catskill: First of Catskill Trilogy
      Shojai, Amy - Show and Tell
V.2 Books for Children
      Newman, Lesléa - Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed
V.3 Books Health & General Care
      Holton, Louise - Alley Cat Rescue's Guide to Managing Community Cats
      Robins, Sandy - The Original Cat Bible
      Shojai, Amy - Cat Facts: The A-to-Z Pet Parent's Home Care Encyclopedia
V.4 Books: Behavior & Training (no winners)
V.5 Books: Gift (no entries)
V.6 Books: Poetry (no entries)
V.7 Books - Other
      Barnes, Deborah - Purr Prints of the Heart
      Booras, Christine M. - Me, My Ferals And I
      Garza, Janiss - Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats Through Their Eyes
      Hodges, Pamela - Color the Cats
      McKowen, Dahlynn - Not Your Mother's Book on Cats
      McKowen, Ken - Not Your Mother's Book on Cats
      Reichenbach, Rick - How to Take Beautiful Pictures of Your Cat
      Webb, Margie Yee - Not Your Mother's Book on Cats
VI.1 Video, CD, DVD or TV Production
      Richman, Lisa - Our Wish
VI.2 Broadcast, Audio – Any Format (no entries)
VII.1 Online Magazine or Newsletter (no entries)
VII.2 Online Article/Health & General Care
      Eldredge, DVM, Deb M. - Eye Problems in Kittens
      Eldredge, DVM, Deb M. - Bad Breath Solutions for Pets
      Eldredge, DVM, Deb M. - Common Eye Problems of Old Cats
      Eldredge, DVM, Deb M. - What to Expect With Kitten Teething
      Eldredge, DVM, Deb M. - What to Expect When A Young Cat Is In Heat
      Kladnik, Marci - How I Lost JD - My Heart Kitten
      Kladnik, Marci - How to Help Cats with Skin Cancer
      Palika, Liz - Helping Your Cat Through a Feline Upper Respiratory Infection
      Peterson, Nancy - One More Reason to Book Your Cat's Next Vet Checkup Today
      Rainbolt, Dusty - Researchers Study Kitten Mortality
      Reeder, Jen - Missing
      Richman, Lisa - The Weird Science of Cats' Ears
      Richman, Lisa - Blindness in Cats Comes From An Unexpected Source
      Richman, Lisa - 5 Facts You Need to Know About Injection Site Sarcoma
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Happy Kitten Vet Visit
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Feline Diabetes
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Catch It Early
VII.3 Online Article/Behavior & Training
      Ahrens, Tracy - Does Your Cat Ever Hide His Toys Around the House?
      Garza, Janiss - 5 Myths About Cat Walking
      Mlynar, Phillip - My Cat Fought My Plants - And My Cat Won
      Shenold, Carol - Does Your Cat Have Any Behaviors That Drive You Crazy?
      Shojai, Amy - 9 Litter Box Problems and How to Fix Them
      Shojai, Amy - Can Cats Use Dog Doors?
      Shojai, Amy - How to Manage Food Aggression in Cats
      Shojai, Amy - How to Train Your Cat to Use an Automatic Litter Box
VII.4 Online Article/ Rescue & Advocacy
      Bahner, Sally E. - Community Kitty Casualty of Harsh Winter Conditions
      Barnes, Deborah - Any Cat Can Be Feral…Even Yours
      Becker, Dr. Marty - Adoption Action
      Becker, Mikkel - Adoption Action
      Garza, Janiss - PJ Was Abandoned Because He Was Too Fat for His Litter Box
      Kelley, JaneA - My Cat's Christmas Wish Came True
      Kladnik, Marci - Blind Kitten Finds a Friend and Home
      Kladnik, Marci - How One Massive TNR Project Broke My Heart and My Spirit
      Kladnik, Marci - How to Properly Feed a Colony of Feral Cats
      Mlynar, Phillip - Opie and His Feral Colony Were Saved in a Daring Rescue
      Mlynar, Phillip - How to Get a Chill Cat
      Palika, Liz - 8 Ways To Held Adjust a Newly Adopted Cat
      Peterson, Nancy - It's Adopt a Senior Pet Month
      Peterson, Nancy - Helping Feral Cats Is Up to You
      Reeder, Jen - Undercats Get a Second Chance from Milo's Sanctuary
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - Adoption Action
      Willingham, Kezia - Meet Grace June
VII.5 Online Article/Any Other Topic
      Ahrens, Tracy - Does Your Cat Go Through Life on His Back? Mine Does
      Bahner, Sally E. - From Russia With Love
      Barnes, Deborah - My Cats and Our Shared Water Cooler Moments
      Dodero, Camille - Corporate Cats Still Suck
      Garza, Janiss - Hotel Cat: 10 Tips
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Sometimes This Is What Cat Rescue Looks Like
      Kelley, JaneA - Want to Bring Your Cat To Work?
      Mohr, Linda A. - 5 Halloween Safety Tips for Cats
      Mohr, Linda A. - What My Terminally Ill Cat Taught Me
      Mohr, Linda A. - Aftermath
      Palika, Liz - Pet Loss: The Five Stages of Grief
      Palika, Liz - 7 Fun Facts About Your Cat's Purr
      Peterson, Nancy - 8 Tips to Make Sure Your Cat is Prepared for a House Fire
      Peterson, Nancy - Keeping Out Old Man Winter
      Pittman, Vicky - Introducing Cats to Children
      Rainbolt, Dusty - Random Acts of Kindness
      Thornton, Kim Campbell - The Eyes Have It
      Willett, Susan - 15 Things Robot Designers Can Learn From Cats
VII.6 Online Column
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Homeless Cat Management Team Volunteer Profile
      Mlynar, Phillip - Monday Miracle Column
      Rainbolt, Dusty - Ask Einstein
VIII.1 Blog: Health & General Care (no winners)
VIII.2 Blog: Behavior & Training - 3 blog posts (no entries)
VIII.3 Blog: Rescue & Advocacy – 3 blog posts (no entries)
VIII.4 Blog Entertainment
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - The Creative Cat
      Richman, Lisa - Feline Film Noir
VIII.5 Blog/ Any Other Topic
      Garza, Janiss - Sparkle Cat Featuring Summer
      Hodges, Pamela - Pooh Hodges
      Lapierre, Melissa - Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
VIII.6 Website (no entries)
IX.1 Black and White Photograph (Single) (no entries)
IX.2 Black and White Photographs (Series) (no entries)
IX.3 Color Photograph Single
      Garson, Lyn T. - Open Wide and Say Meow
      Richman, Lisa - Post-Holiday Fangs
      Thornton, Jerry - Jaguar - Wild Cats of the Americas
IX.4 Color Photographs Series
      Kladnik, Marci - How One Massive TNR Project Broke My Heart and My Spirit
      Richman, Lisa - Rules of the Game
IX.5 Photographic Art
      Booras, Christine M. - Me, My Ferals And I
      Rainbolt, Dusty - Coming Soon To TV: Catnado
      Richman, Lisa - Inspire Your Art with Heart
IX.6 Cartoon
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - One Long Kitty
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Fun Things Bella Does With Her Tail
      Piro, Stephanie - Picky
      Piro, Stephanie – Dream
IX.7 Illustration Single
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Kennedy
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Snowy Morning
      Solomon, Cori - Jake and Bailey
IX.8 Illustrations Series
      Kazmarski, Bernadette E. - Klepto Cat Mystery
      O'Neill, Ewa - I Want A Cat: My Opinion Essay
Congratulations to all Certificate of Excellence winners! You will receive your Certificates in the mail, soon.

Remember - check out all the details about the BlogPaws Conference and the associated CWA seminars, events and speakers You must register for the Conference and Awards Banquet separately. (The Awards Banquet is free, but you must register.)

Congrats to all the certificate winners! We will see YOU in Arizona in June!

Arden Moore
CWA Contest Chair
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