“The Creative Cat” Wins a CWA Certificate of Excellence

three cats from above
“Waiting for Dinner”, pencil, 6″ x 6″ © B.E. Kazmarski

I’m pleased to share the news that I’ve won a number of awards for my stories and images published on and originating on The Creative Cat in the 2013 Cat Writers’ Association Communications Contest. These awards are self-nominated so I chose what to enter. They are judged by a jury of my peers, other members of the Cat Writers’ Association; I am also a judge in this contest for materials in categories I don’t submit.

Nominating one’s self for awards in various professional contests is not necessarily an act for the ego; it’s one of those professional activities in which you participate especially when you’re self-employed, but even if not. Participating in contests and receiving awards distributes your work to a further audience and also puts it before other professionals in your field for assessment, a completely different set of judges from those who enjoy or use your work. This raises the value of what you do and helps to give you more opportunities to do even more work. And especially when you work for yourself it’s, in part, a benchmark for how you’re doing, and a pat on the back.

About that “humility” thing…when I talk to other developing professional artists and writers who hesitate to nominate themselves for awards I tell them that we always need to have a good dose of humility about everything we do, but the time for that is while we are producing the work, not after it’s been published or presented. When I first began showing and selling my art, a completely frightening thing to do, I would immediately undercut myself whenever someone complimented a painting, pointing out all of what I felt were its flaws, until I realized what that said about how I felt about my own work. Why would anyone even want to look at it let alone purchase it if I thought it was so flawed? Why had I even shown it? It is a matter of honesty to point out your own flaws, but especially with my commissioned portraits, which I’d created for someone, it made no sense at all to make a practice of it. At one point when I was deeply complimented by someone I simply said, “Thank you.” Describing this to a friend she said, “Congratulations, you’re all grown up now.” I got the lesson. Only after I jumped that hurdle with my artwork did I even dare to start sharing my writing.

Thanks to you, my readers

Those of you who read and comment and purchase here on The Creative Cat are the first line of peers to judge my work. You are the audience to whom I write, and your feedback in good part determines what I present here, and also what I entered into the contest. I was actually surprised at the response to a few things by both my readers and the judges, and though the piece was decidedly heartfelt and I did like it I would not have considered, for instance, “What’s the Matter?” to be a winner except by that response.

The Awards

The award letter reads that “the standards for winning a Certificate of Excellence are very high and this award is a recognition of your outstanding work.” Also, winners of the coveted CWA Muse™ Medallion are chosen from among the Certificate of Excellence winners, all of which will be announced at the annual conference in November.

Thanks go to my family of cats, yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s.

2013

OVERALL

The Creative Cat
Blog: Entertainment
Certificate of Excellence

WRITING

“My First Litter”,
Online Article Opinion Piece, Essay or Editorial
Certificate of Excellence

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

“Cats After Van Gogh”
Illustration (Series)
Certificate of Excellence

“Cranberry Goes to the Block Party”
Illustration (Series)
Certificate of Excellence

You can see this list and awards I’ve won in previous years on my Cat Writers’ Association page. Read more about the Cat Writers’ Association and their annual Communications Contest which includes work published in all media, from books to television to newspapers and magazines—these are the people who write and broadcast about feline health and welfare, reviewing foods and books and products, cartoonists, illustrators and authors of all sorts. If you are a writer, illustrator, videographer, artist or in any way create public communications about cats, please read up on the organization and consider becoming a member!

Congratulations to all the other winners as well!


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From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, The Creative Cat offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats. From catchy and creative headlines to factual articles and fictional stories, The Creative Cat provides constant entertainment and important information to people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

18 thoughts on ““The Creative Cat” Wins a CWA Certificate of Excellence

  • September 22, 2013 at 7:58 am
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    Congratulations Bernadette! Yours is one of the sites I read faithfully. I enjoy it immensely! If I ever have any money I’ll purchase something! 🙂

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm
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      Thank you, Sued51, that’s an incredible compliment! Worth more than buying something to me!

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  • September 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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    Congrats Bernadette..You so deserve it..you are a wonderful, compassionate writer!

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm
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      Thank you, Nancy Blue Moon! It’s my join to take this time in my life to write for everyone.

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  • September 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm
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    That is wonderful, Bernadette, I am enjoying reading your blog. I could read and talk about cats all day! Norma

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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      Thanks, Norma, and we’ve already spent quite a bit of time at that!

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  • September 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm
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    Many congratulations for such fine work – it is well deserved! We’re kinda excited – this was our first time submitting and our first Certificate!

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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      Con-cat-ulations to you as well, being such lovely models–and of course to your human!

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  • September 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    Congratulations, Bernadette, Delighted for You.
    So Well-earned.. I don’t know how you keep such a high standard every day!! xoxox

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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      Thanks, Annie, and thanks for reading. I love to see you’ve visited!

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  • September 21, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    Yeah for you and your creations!

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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      And thanks to you, Debbie, for your generosity in helping cats through my posts here!

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