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Certificates of Excellence in CWA 2021 Communications Contest

pastel painting of cat on quilt on bed
“Bath, Interrupted”, pastel, 13″ x 10″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Results from judging the Cat Writers’ Association 2020 Communications Contest are in. My works have won six Certificates of Excellence this year, a mix of essays and artwork.

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!

They Are All Simply Cats
Published in PetConnections Magazine. You can read it in the archives:

Calico Cat Mysteries Illustrations Series

Klepto Cat Mysteries Cover Illustrations

Waiting on Christmas Night

Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021© Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021© Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats

painting of tortoiseshell cat on flowered blanket
Draw Me Like One of Your French Cats, watercolor and pastel pencil, 8 x 10 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Bath, Interrupted

You can see Mariposa at the top!

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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