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2014 CWA Certificate of Excellence Winners

ink sketch of two cats looking over covers
“Saturday Morning”, Ink hybrid technical pen, 9″ x 4″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Above, one of the winners of a Certificate of Excellence!

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I’m pleased to share the news that I’ve won a number of awards for my articles, photography and illustration and gift books in the 2014 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.

I have been awarded ten certificates, and while that may seem excessive it’s because the contest judges not just writing but also art, illustration, photography, books and publications, and I often have something to enter in almost every category, which is an opportunity not many other contests offer.

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.

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.

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. I can thank my ongoing family of muses for my career.



“Tail Vaccines for Cats Could Save Lives”, Pittsburgh PetConnections
Magazine Article: Health & General Care

“The Invisible Cat”, Pittsburgh PetConnections
Magazine Article: Rescue/Advocacy

“Never Enough Time, But Enough Time to Love”, Pittsburgh PetConnections
Magazine Article: Any Other Topic



12 Sketches of Cats
Annual or Long Publication

feline style sampler
Books: Gift


“Frankencat and Old Grand Dad”
Color Photograph (Single)

“Purring Points”
“Saturday Morning”

“The TNR Story”
Illustration (Single)

You can see this list and awards I’ve won in previous years on my Cat Writers’ Association page. You can also see all the certificate winners in this contest on this page on the Cat Writers’ Association website. 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!

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




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

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