NEW YORK — The international Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) is now accepting entries for its 13th annual Communications Contest for writers, photographers and editors in print, online and broadcast media. All published writers and photographers are eligible, regardless of CWA membership, and are encouraged to participate.
This year CWA is offering a record number of corporate-sponsored special awards of $500 to $1,000, as well as its own Muse Medallions™ to winners in approximately 35 writing and graphic arts categories. The special awards in 2006 cover topics that include veterinary research, health, behavior, nutrition, seniors, kitten care, safety issues, the human-animal bond, humane issues and responsible ownership, plus awards for fiction and for new writers.
CWA’s writing competition is open to work published between June 16, 2005 and June 15, 2006. Categories cover feline-oriented articles and columns, short stories, poetry, books, photography and video/audio tapes published in magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online. Fees are $15 per entry. Awards will be presented at CWA’s annual conference, November 17-19 in San Mateo, California, in conjunction with the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s International Cat Show.
Rules and entry forms are available after April 1, 2006, from the CWA Web site (www.catwriters.org) or by sending a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope to contest chair Beth Adelman, 69 Poplar St., 2C, Brooklyn, NY 11201. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2006.
CWA was founded in 1992 and is dedicated to providing news, information, and education on all aspects of cat care and welfare, as well as improving the quality of writing about cats. CWA provides members with networking opportunities and encourages professionalism and communication among cat writers, photographers, artists, editors and broadcasters.