Certificates of Excellence in CWA 2020 Communications Contest

pastel portrait of two gray cats
Paladin and Percy, pastel, 11 x14, 2020 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2020 Communications Contest are in. My works have won nine Certificates of Excellence this year, a mix of essays and articles about cat health, behavior, advocacy and artwork, along with commissioned artwork and portraits, and several photos. Four were for articles, two for fine art, and three for photos of feral cats. I can’t believe it’s taken me six weeks to share the news!

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 contests and a Certificate of Excellence in the 2015 and 2019 Communications Contests.

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!

A.1 WRITTEN ARTICLE: HEALTH
“Leading Your Cat to Water and Getting Her to Drink It “
The Creative Cat

A.3 WRITTEN ARTICLE: BEHAVIOR/TRAINING
“Nothing Like a Good Scratch”
Pittsburgh Pet Connections Spring 2020, March 2020, Page 20 using the link below
https://issuu.com/pghpetmag/docs/petconnection_vol_7_issue_4_030420_final_digital_h/20

A.5 WRITTEN ARTICLE: LIFESTYLE
“Commissioned Portrait: Brothers, Paladin and Percy”
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A.9 WRITTEN ARTICLE: RESCUE & ADVOCACY
May is Animal Guardian Month
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M.1 PHOTOGRAPHY: SINGLE IMAGE

1. “Floofy”
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You’ll find her in the article “Rescue Story: Happy Feral Cats”

feral eartipped cats
Foofy being mysterious. She’s a neighbor’s cat, but outside much of the time.

 

2. “A Little Mom Love”
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You’ll find them in the article “Rescue Story: Mom and Kittens Rescued”

A little mom love goes a long way.

M.2 PHOTOGRAPHY: SERIES

“Rescue Story: Happy Feral Cats”

feral eartipped cats
Strudel watches me.

N.1 FINE ART

1. “Mimi at the Window”
Commissioned watercolor for CWA greeting card
(I’ve since retitled this “Mimi’s Little Visitor)

watercolor of cat at window watching hummingbirds
Mimi’s Little Visitor, watercolor, 8 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

2. “Paladin and Percy”
pastel, commissioned portrait

pastel portrait of two gray cats

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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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!

 
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