Cat Writers’ Association Announces 2015 Communication Contest Nominees


Winners Will Be Announced at BlogPaws Conference Banquet

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(New York – May 12, 2016) – The Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) is pleased to announce the 2015 nominees for the 2015 #CatWriters Communication Contest, list of nominees below. Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual CWA Awards Banquet on June 24th at the 2016 #BlogPaws Conference in Phoenix. A limited number of free and discounted tickets to the event are available here.

The annual contest drew nearly 300 entries from writers, photographers, broadcasters and artists competing in 37 categories – with one person earning a perfect score, netting 100 from each of the three judges. Entries were evaluated by a panel of professionals, including writers, artists, video producers, veterinarians and other highly credentialed judges.

Highlights from this years’ competition include:

  • All nine entries in the I.4 Magazine Article: Rescue & Advocacy category earned Certificates of Excellence by scoring 90 or higher.
  • Online Article: Health & General Care category proved to be the most competitive with a contest high of 30 entries.
  • Entries across all categories were all-encompassing, ranging from top cat travel place, creative ways to teach cat tricks, estate planning, carefully crafted cat haikus to managing feral cat colonies, treating eye problems in cats and even fiction books with memorable feline characters.

“The submissions for the CWA communication contests represent a goldmine of inspiring and informative entries with a common goal: to bring out the best in cats everywhere,” said Arden Moore, award-winning author, radio show host, pet first aid master instructor and CWA 2015 Contest Chair. “Bloggers, authors, writers, broadcasters, artists and photographers tapped every mode of communication in this year’s highly competitive contest. We look forward to honoring the winners at our 22nd annual CWA Awards banquet.”

The top submission for each category will receive the coveted Muse MedallionTM, named after CWA founding member, the late Karen Kuykendall, who designed the coveted Muse Medallion. Karen was also the first recipient of a Muse Medallion. In addition to the highly sought-after Muse Medallions, numerous special awards, many including cash awards, are awarded through the generosity of corporate and private sponsors.

About The Cat Writers’ Association

The Cat Writers’ Association, Inc. (CWA) is an international journalism organization founded in 1992 to promote the interests of cats; to provide a medium for exchange of ideas, methods and professional courtesies; and to promote a high standard of ethics in the collection, creation, and dissemination of cat information. CWA is a dynamic professional group of passionate cat advocates composed of writers, bloggers, photographers, artists, and broadcasters. The Association promotes mentorship for new writers, provides writing/publishing educational opportunities, and seeks to improve the quality of cat information by recognizing and rewarding outstanding published work. See for further information. Follow CWA on Twitter at @CatWriters and on Facebook at

CWA 2015 Communication Contest Certificate of Excellence Winners

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

Magazine Article/Behavior & Training

Yin, DVM, Sophia – Young Cats, New Tricks

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 

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

Magazine Column

Kelley, JaneA – Recessionista

Thornton, Kim Campbell – Who’s That Cat?

Newspaper Article/Rescue&Advocacy

Reeder, Jen – Cat Crusader

Newspaper Column

Ewing, Susan M. – The Pet Pen

Newsletter/Regional Or Membership

Holton, Louise – Alley Cat Mews

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

Newsletter Article/Any Other Topic

Funkhouser, Maggie – Cats and Coyotes Living in Harmony

Marek, Ramona D. – Estate Planning and Your Pets 

Newsletter Column

Garson, Lyn T. – Technically Speaking

Short Story

Holm, Catherine – Sideways


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


Nolan, Allia Zobel – Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much

Opinion Piece

Rainbolt, Dusty – January Is Celebration of Life Month

Reeder, Jen – Let’s Discuss Pets During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

PR/Humane Education Press Kits

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Homeless Cat Management

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

Books for Children

Newman, Lesléa – Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed

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

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

Video, CD, DVD or TV Production

Richman, Lisa – Our Wish

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 – Moving? How to Keep Your Cat Safe

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

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

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

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

Online Column

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Homeless Cat Management Team Volunteer Profile

Mlynar, Phillip – Monday Miracle Column

Rainbolt, Dusty – Ask Einstein

Blog Entertainment

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – The Creative Cat

Richman, Lisa – Feline Film Noir

Blog/ Any Other Topic

Garza, Janiss – Sparkle Cat Featuring Summer

Hodges, Pamela – Pooh Hodges

Lapierre, Melissa – Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

Color Photograph Single

Garson, Lyn T. – Open Wide and Say Meow

Richman, Lisa – Post-Holiday Fangs

Thornton, Jerry – Jaguar – Wild Cats of the Americas

Color Photographs Series

Kladnik, Marci – How One Massive TNR Project Broke My Heart and My Spirit

Richman, Lisa – Rules of the Game

Photographic Art

Booras, Christine M. – Me, My Ferals And I

Rainbolt, Dusty – Coming Soon To TV: Catnado

Richman, Lisa – Inspire Your Art with Heart


Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – One Long Kitty

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Fun Things Bella Does With Her Tail

Piro, Stephanie – Picky

Piro, Stephanie – Dream

Illustration Single

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Kennedy

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Snowy Morning

Solomon, Cori – Jake and Bailey

Illustrations Series

Kazmarski, Bernadette E. – Klepto Cat Mystery

O’Neill, Ewa – I Want A Cat: My Opinion Essay


Media Contacts:

Arden Moore

CWA Contest Chair

Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR Fellow PRSA

Germinder & Associates, Inc. or @lgerminder

917-334-8682 or 212-367-2170


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