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Cat Writers’ Association 2017 Communications Contest

Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.
Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2017 Communications Contest have been returned. My works have won four Certificates of Excellence this year.

I am proud to enter my work in the annual Communications Contest given by the Cat Writers’ Association. I have entered materials in this contest since 2007 when I won my first awards. This very blog won a Muse Medallion for entertainment in the 2011, 2013, and 2016 and a Certificate of Excellence in the 2015 Communications Contests along with a number of articles, photos, and pieces of artwork.

Muse Medallions

The MUSE™ Medallion is awarded to the entry in each category receiving the highest average score from three independent judges. All judges are volunteers and are Professional CWA members. To become eligibile for a MUSE™ Medallion, each entry listed here has received an average score of at least 90, and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

Certificates of Excellence

Each entry was independently judged by 3 Professional CWA members. Winning a Certificate of Excellence means that the average of those three judges’ scores for the entry is 90 or above — a high bar to cross!

Below are the winning entries. Click on the titles or images to read more about each one.

Annual or Long Publication
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2018: Pittsburgh C.A.T. Calendar
Certificate of Excellence

Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.
Pittsburgh CAT Calendar cover.

Online Article: Rescue/Advocacy
TNR With a Side of Adoption and Outreach, Pet Radio Show
Certificate of Excellence

All three kittens came out at the same time.
All three kittens came out at the same time.

The Kitten Game, Pet Radio Show
Certificate of Excellence

Illustration (Series)
Book cover illustration and design: Klepto Cat Mysteries 21-26
Certificate of Excellence


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The section with the new stuff.
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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.

4 thoughts on “Cat Writers’ Association 2017 Communications Contest

  • Congratulations. You are by far, a great cat-artist, as well as blogger.

    • Mollie, thank you so much! That’s a huge compliment coming from another blogger.

  • B; very well deserved honors; buzzed happee……where am I trout towne….HAPPY for you !! conga ratz from all of us ♥♥♥

    • Thanks, Tabbies! It’s always a little hard to believe.


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