Posted in Cat Writers' Association, Contest, events

MUSE-ing About My Award from the Cat Writers’ Association’s Communication Contest

On Saturday night, August 8, the Cat Writers’ Association hosted their 26th annual Awards Ceremony, but this year it was conducted virtually and live streamed through Zoom and Facebook. Despite some minor technical glitches, the event was well planned and professionally presented. Many people were involved in this effort and also the contest itself. CWA President, Deb Barnes, was the main person who made the event possible.

I am truly honored to have won a Muse Medallion, the most prestigious award the CWA sponsors, for my short story, “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery.” Although I’ve won Certificates of Excellence in the past, this was my first Muse. If you’ve seen or read any of my interviews where I talk about how I got started publishing my work, I always mention CWA. It was the first writing organization I joined over twenty years ago and is the one I feel proudest to belong to.

Besides the awarding of the Muse Medallions in various categories of writing, videography, photography, social media, blogs, and more, the sponsors who supported the contest gave away special prizes that consisted of monetary awards and other items. Here are a list of all the talented winners and their entries: https://catwriters.com/wp_meow/contest/

And here is a link to the beautiful program brochure produced by Past-President, Marci Kladnik. Only the Certificate of Excellence winners are listed  because it was published prior to the event: https://catwriters.com/wp_meow/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-Banquet-Program.pdf

One other feature of the event included raising funds for Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in New Jersey. Donations are still being accepted. Each donation will earn entry into raffles for prizes donated by sponsors. The raffles will be drawn on August 16.

Here’s a video about Tabby’s Place that was featured in the early part of the awards ceremony but got cut off from the Facebook feed:

For those who missed this great event, it can still be viewed here:

I look forward to next year’s awards ceremony that will, fingers and paws crossed, take place at a conference where all members can gather in person.
Posted in Conference

The Cat Writers’ Association Awards Ceremony Goes Virtual and Everyone is Invited

Last year, the Cat Writers’ Association celebrated its 25th Anniversary Conference in St. Louis. This year, due to the pandemic, this stellar event will be virtual. This is a great opportunity for non-members who produce cat-related material (stories, books, videos, poems, photography, art, etc.) to learn more about this great organization and for anyone else who might be curious about it. I’ve been a member for over twenty years. Joining this group has helped me grow as a writer, network with other authors and cat lovers, and make many new friends.

This year, I received three Certificates of Excellence in CWA’s annual communication’s contest. My winning entries included my short story, “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery“; my pet character’s blog, Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog; and my Petsit.com article, “Keeping Your Indoor Pets Safe from Houshold Hazards.

During the Awards Ceremony, the winners of the Muse Medallion, the most coveted prize of the Cat Writers’ Association, will be announced. Those who received Certificates of Excellence are eligible to win in the categories in which they won the certificates. My cats are keeping their paws crossed that I will win a Muse this year.

CWA is also hosting a fundraiser for a great cause, Tabby’s Place Cat Sanctuary. All donations will be entered into a raffle for wonderful prizes. The winners will be drawn on August 16. More details can be found here. You can also view some videos of Tabby’s Place on my cat character’s Feature Friday blog post.

I hope you’ll be able to join me and the other members of the Cat Writers’ Association on Saturday, August 8, at 7 pm EST. The event will be live streamed on the CWA Facebook page and the Glammies to Jammies event page, as well as on Zoom. Don’t miss this pawsome event. Your kitties can even attend with you.