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Certificates of Excellence in CWA 2018 Communications Contest

Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2018 Communications Contest are in. My works have won five Certificates of Excellence this year, including this year’s Pittsburgh C.A.T. calendar—as we did in 2016 and 2017.

All the other certificates were for artwork: book cover illustrations, portraits and original paintings, which I’ll share here in separate articles.

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.

Certificates of Excellence

Each entry was independently judged by three 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!

Most categories have multiple certificate winners so that all good work is recognized. Typically there is more than one calendar or other document in category “V.1. Annual or Long Publication”, but this year the Pittsburgh C.A.T. calendar was the only certificate. That qualifies it for a MUSE™ Medallion (see below), but being the only entry doesn’t ensure it will win one, although it did won the Muse in its category in the 2016 and 2017 contest years.

All certificate winners

As I mentioned above, I’ll share these in separate articles to give them their due.

V.1. Annual or Long Publication
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

XII.6 Illustration: Series
Klepto Cat Covers 27 through 32

XII.8 Fine Art
Allegro Moderato
Chocolate Bath
Commissioned Portrait: Feebee, Amber, Buckley, Allegra and Ruby, and the Red Maple

Yes, three of my paintings won awards too!

Next, the MUSE™ Medallions, announced in June

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 eligible for a MUSE™ Medallion, each entry listed has received an average score of at least 90, and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

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Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar: Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019

Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar
Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019: Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar

Each month features a cat or cats and the story who Pittsburgh C.A.T. volunteers rescued through TNR or rescue from abandonment, neglect or abuse, offered medical treatment, fostering, socialization, and a loving forever home that met their individual needs. Read more and purchase.


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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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