The Cat Writers’ Association 23nd Annual Conference & Awards Banquet Joins BlogPaws Again


Winners Will Be Announced at May 19th CWA Awards Banquet

The Muse Medallion™The #CatWriters Association (CWA) has announced its 23rd Annual Conference will once again be held in conjunction with the BlogPaws 2017 Conference. This year the event will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, May 18-20, 2017. As in previous years, hundreds of writers will come together for networking, education and mingling with the top pet industry representatives. All conference registrants can attend any combination of CWA and BlogPaws seminars, sessions and events. Don’t miss this PAW-some opportunity, register here!

Here is a sampling of what will be offered in the special CWA Feline track:

  • Listen to a Winn Feline Health Foundation panel of experts speak on the latest research in feline health, including diabetes and new parasite control.
  • Explore the American Association of Feline Practitioner “Cat Friendly Practice Begins at Home” tips.
  • Learn how to reinvent your writing to recover from “Overworked and Overwhelmed” by someone who has lived through it.
  • Discover “Fear Free” living for your indoor cats through home enrichment.
  • Take notes on how to “Attract, Engage and Keep Your Audience Coming Back for More” taught by an award-winning blogger.

Recently announced, Kate Benjamin, a brand-new CWA member and owner of Hauspanther, invited CWA to have their booth and book-signing table within the Cat Lounge at the 2017 BlogPaws/CWA Conference.

“We are thrilled to partner with BlogPaws once again to collaborate and bring together topnotch programming and networking for seasoned journalists, writers, artists, and bloggers. We have something for everyone who loves and  champions cats,” said Marci Kladnik, CWA president.

The 23rd annual CWA Awards Banquet on Friday night will honor the best of the best, bestowing the coveted MUSE Medallion on 42 talented recipients presented in writing, photography and graphic arts categories. In addition, $14,000 in prize money will be given away for 20 special awards.

Join us in extending “paws and applause” to the 2016 Certificate of Excellence Winners:

I.1 Magazine – National Circulation
Cat Talk, editor Teresa Keiger

I.2 Magazine Article – Health and General Care
Dusty Rainbolt, Litter Box Basics
Denise Fleck, Torn Nails, Limping and High-Rise Syndrome
Denise Fleck, Water: A Cat’s Best Friend

I.3 Magazine Article –Behavior and Training
Sally Mullen, Training An Aggressive Kitten
Phillip Mlynar, Ooh, It’s a Box!
Susan Logan-McCracken, Kitty Quirks

I.4 Magazine Article – Rescue/Advocacy
Phillip Mlynar, Adventures in Giving Back

I.5 Magazine Article – Any Other Topic
Deborah Barnes, Kitten Introduction
Ramona Marek, One Health and The Human-Animal Bond
Ramona Marek, The Human-Animal Bond: A Biological Imperative
Shery Clark, Holidays and Heartbreak

I.6 Magazine Column
Mollie Shutt, Su-PURR-Stitions
Anthony Nichols, Showtime
JaneA Kelley, Keep It Clean

II.4 Newspaper Article – Any Other Topic
Jen Reeder, Back in Black

II.5 Newspaper Column
Deborah Camp, The Best of the Pet World
Amy Shojai, PETiQuette

III.2 Newsletter – National Circulation
Alley Cat Mews, editor Louise Holton

III. 4 Newsletter Article – Health and General Care
Ramona Marek, Cancer Treatments for Cats
Ramona Marek, Hospice Care for Our Pets
Kim Thornton, When Compounding IS Right for Your Cat
Kim Thornton, Fewer Heartworm Cases, More Severe Signs

III.5 Newsletter Article – Behavior and Training
Kim Thornton, They Climb Curtains, Scratch the Sofa

III.8 Newsletter Column
Lyn T. Garson, Technically Speaking

IV.2 Poem
Susan Willett, Haiku by Cat: Attraction
Susan Willett, Haiku by Cat: Yoga

IV.3 Humor
Heather Marcoux, 5 Father’s Day Gifts from My Unemployed, Moneyless Cats
Jeremy Greenberg, Sorry I Slept on Your Face

IV.4 Brochure, Pamphlet or Short Publication
Amy Shojai, My Cat Hates My Vet!
Matt Carl of Alley Cat Mews, Saving Cats’ Lives Through Trap-Neuter-Return

IV.5 Annual or Long Publication
Dusty Rainbolt, The Healthy Cat 2017 Calendar

IV.6 Opinion Piece, Essay or Editorial
Amy Shojai, Eight Common Aging Cat Conditions and What to Do
Deborah Barnes, Break Out of Your Blogging Niche to Make Strides in Cat Welfare

IV.7 PR/Humane Education/Press Kits
Bernadette Kazmarski, Making Life Better for Every Day of the Year

V.1 Books – Fiction
Clea Simon, The Ninth Life
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat Shout for Joy
Stephen Chensue, The Nine Lives of Ichiban
Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat In An Alphabet Endgame

V.3 Books – Health and General Care
Ramona Marek, Cats for the Genius

V.4 Books – Behavior and Training
Dusty Rainbolt, Cat Scene Investigator

V.5 Books – Gift
Tamar Arslanian, Shop Cats of New York

V.7 Books – Other
Lonnie Hull DuPont, Kit Kat & Lucy
Deborah Barnes, Makin’ Biscuits
Laurren Darr, CatDala Coloring Book

VI.1 Video, CD, DVD or Television Production
Matt Carl, TNR Video
Susan Willett, Elsa Clair’s Gold-Medal Purr-formance

VI.2 Broadcast – Audio
Denise Fleck, Pet Safety Crusader Radio

VII.2 Online Article – Health and General Care
JaneA Kelley, When a Horse is Really a Zebra
Kim Thornton, Lethal Lillies
Kim Thornton, Survival Guide to Traveling Cross-Country with Cats
Kim Thornton, Travels with Felix
Kim Thornton, Fat Cats
Kim Thornton, Feline Mammary Cancer
Jen Reeder, Kidney Transplants for Cats
Lisa Richman, Kidney Transplants for Cats? Yes!
Dawn White, Stressed by the Vet?
Julie McAlee, Anal Glands and Happy Cats
Jacqueline Munera, Behavior Consulting and Declawed Cats
Susan Willett, My Cat Suddenly Started Drooling

VII.3 Online Article – Behavior and Training
Janiss Garza, Cat Tricks
Janiss Garza, A Step-by-Step Guide for Harness and Leash Training for Your Cat
Janiss Garza, 10 Tips to Trounce Kitty Troublemaking

VII.4 Online Article – Rescue/Advocacy
Jen Reeder, Oskar the Blind Cat Rallies for Special-Needs Pets
Dawn White: Tabby’s Place
Jonathon Scott Payne, To Sterling with Love
Susan Willett, A #ClearTheShelters Cat Adoption Story

VII.5 Online Article – Any Other Topic
Deborah Barnes, Living in Comfort with Cats
Janiss Garza, Driving Miss Kitty
Janiss Garza, Five of the Biggest Cat Show Misconceptions
Heather Marcoux, Senior Rescued Cat Saved Her Diabetic Human
JaneA Kelley, Give Me the Old, Creaky Cats
Tracy Ahrens, Whiskers Stir Up Senses, Luck and Memories
Bernadette Kazmarski, Buddy Gets A Miracle

VII.6 Online Column
Phillip Mlynar, Monday Miracles
Phillip Mlynar, Social Cat of the Week
Kim Thornton, Dr, Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker, Pet Connections

VIII.1 Blog – Health and General Care
Mollie Hunt, Life Stages
Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger, Katzenworld Blog
BJ Bangs, Paws for Reflection

VIII.2 Blog – Behavior and Training
Amy Shojai, The Paw Print Blog
Amy Shojai, Amy Shojai’s Bling, Bitches and Blood Blog

VIII.4 Blog – Entertainment
Lisa Richman, A Tonk’s Tail
Bernadette Kazmarski, The Creative Cat

VIII.5 Blog – Any Other Topic
JaneA Kelley, Paws and Effect

IX.3 Color Photograph – Single
Andrew Mattila, Catster Cover Photo
Susan Willett, Double Trouble: Cat Reflection
Janiss Garza, Vancouver Portrait
Weems Hutto, Cat Scene Investigator

IX.5 Photographic Art
Teresa Keiger, Cat Talk October Cover

IX.6 Cartoon
Stephanie Piro, Cat Woman
Stephanie Piro, Great Outdoors

IX.7 Illustration – Single
Stephanie Piro, Makin’ Biscuits Cover

IX.8 Illustrations – Series
Stephanie Piro, Cat Scene Investigator
Bernadette Kazmarski, Klepto Cat Mysteries

“We are delighted to receive entries from some of the best pet journalists and artists from all over the world for this year’s contest,” says Arden Moore, CWA communications contest chair. “Through various forms of media, they delivered the latest on feline health, behavior and the human-animal bond.”

CWA is grateful to the following sponsors: Emerald Level: Purina and Fear Free; Platinum Level: GoodNewsForPets, Germinder & Associates, Inc. and PetSafe; Gold Level: CEVA Animal Health, CFA, Petco, Pioneer Pet, TICA, Hartz Mountain, Perrigo Animal Health; Silver Level: Catalyst Council, Precious Cat, Pet Sitters International, World’s Best Cat Litter, Barn Cats, Inc., Amy Shojai, Sleepypod, AAFP, Cornell Feline Health; Bronze Level: Cats Rule. For sponsorships for next year’s program, contact Marci Kladnik at

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

About BlogPaws

BlogPaws is a Social Media Company focused on teaching pet enthusiasts, pet bloggers and all pet parents how to use social media effectively and responsibly. Our dedicated team of professionals works year-round to connect our bloggers and micro-bloggers to the brands they buy every day. Following our first amazing conference in 2010, we launched an online community site for pet bloggers, pet enthusiasts, pet people on Twitter and Facebook and brands eager to tap into a vibrant, vocal community of serious writers, bloggers, tweeters. BlogPaws is a proud member of the Pet360 family of sites, dedicated to Pet Parenting. Simplified.


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