It’s the most wonderful time of the dog writing year! The Dog Writers Association of America invites you to join us for the DWAA 2021 Virtual Writing Competition Event.

Where Can I View The DWAA 2021 Virtual Event?

What Is The DWAA Event?

The annual event and awards banquet normally takes place on the eve of Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show. Members and non-members attend for an evening of networking, business card exchange, education, celebration, photo opportunities, and more.

Due to the pandemic, the organization has opted to go virtual this year and announce the winners in a special Facebook event on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 6 pm ET. Please tune in and celebrate the nominees, find out who is being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame, and who won the AKC’s Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, we will be making some announcements.

Who Should Attend The DWAA Event?

Anyone who has an interest in creative endeavors that promote the interest of dogs. This includes, but is not limited to, writers, authors, journalists, publicists, bloggers, social media influencers, photographers, illustrators, and on-air personalities.

Whether you are a member of not, you are welcomed and encouraged to watch the event. Whether you are a finalist for awards or not, this event offers something for everyone, both members and non-members.

We’ll also be announcing the winners of our annual writing competition, awarding Maxwell Medallions as well as over $12,000 in special awards thanks to our generous sponsors! Please give our sponsors love, too.

Is There A Special Program?

Every year, all attendees of the DWAA Event receive a copy of the official program. This year because we are going virtual with the event, everyone can follow along, print a copy if desired, and/or save it as a keepsake.

Click here to access the 2020 Writing Competition official program or click the cover below.

Who Are the Finalists?

View all the finalists by visiting the DWAA finalist page here. The page will be updated with the winners on 02/15 after the virtual ceremony.

Changing of the Guard

This year we will be announcing our new officers and extend our gratitude and special thanks to the officers who are stepping down, having served a successful 2-year term.

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Although we will be gathering virtually in 2021, here’s a video to show you the excitement, networking, and benefits of attending the in-person event.