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Certificates of Excellence in CWA 2019 Communications Contest

"Stained Glass Feline Family", pastel, 12" x 28", Bernadette E. Kazmarski
“Stained Glass Feline Family”, pastel, 12″ x 28″, Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2019 Communications Contest are in. My works have won eight Certificates of Excellence this year, a mix of essays and articles about pet loss and TNR, commissioned artwork and portraits, and this very blog too. Three were for fine art, and I’ve won my fifth Certificate of Excellence each for this blog and for my annual series of cover illustrations and designs for the Klepto Cat Mystery series.

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 Contest and this year as well, 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!

All certificate winners

I have been sharing some of these in separate articles to give them their due, and will probably continue to do so, but each one is also linked.

Written Article: Feline-Human Bond (medium length)
Certificate of Excellence

Written Article: Rescue & Advocacy (long length)
Trapping a Mother Cat Using Her Kittens
Certificate of Excellence

Written Article: Rescue & Advocacy (medium length)
Stray and Feral Cats and TNR
Certificate of Excellence

Blog/Website: General
The Creative Cat
Certificate of Excellence (my fifth for this blog!)

Illustrations (Series)
Klepto Cat Book Covers 33–40
Certificate of Excellence (my fifth Certificate for these covers!)

Fine Art
Stained Glass Feline Family Commissioned Portrait (above)
Certificate of Excellence
Commissioned Portrait Trio, Lucy, Ethel and Bubba
Certificate of Excellence
Mimi in the Formal Garden Commissioned Painting
Certificate of Excellence

Next, the MUSE™ Medallions, announced soon

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.

Typically the MUSE™ Medallions and special awards are announced at the annual conference, but the actual conference is canceled. CWA leadership is considering a virtual presentation.

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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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