Stay tuned for the 2024 Writing Competition. Details will be available soon.

Judging the Writing Competition

Each year, DWAA relies on an independent panel of volunteers to judge the competition entries.

Thank you to the judges for volunteering your time, support, and talents to make this year’s competition a success. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to volunteer as judges. Without each of you, there would be no writing competition.

This is a great opportunity for writers to showcase their talents and for others to discover what is being created. This develops confidence in both members and non-members to take their journey further while rewarding a job well done.

We are honored and grateful to each of you. Those interested in being a judge for next year’s competition can sign up here:

Sign Up to Judge
President’s Note: Special thanks and gratitude to Merrie Meyers for taking on the challenge and task of overseeing and managing the writing competition.

Judging Criteria

Curious how the judges will be scoring entries?

view the judging criteria here:

Many thanks to the following contest judges for volunteering their time and expertise on behalf of the 2023 entrants:

Dr. Yasmine Ali
Beth Ann Amico
Joanne Anderson
Skye Anderson
Dee Dee Andersson
Therese Backowski
Leslie Backus
Emelise Baughman
Pat Baughman
Jill Baum
Lisa Begin Kuysman
Sheila Boneham, Ph.D.
Mara Bovsun
Christy Burbidge
Kathy Buxton
Cynthia Callahan
Kim Campbell Thornton
Christy Caplan
Angela Capodanno
Pam Conick
Ellen Crane
Sonja Donaldson
Anne Marie Duquette
Debra Eldredge, DVM
Mary Fish Arango
Tilly Grassa
June Grieg
Roo Grubis
Dr. Dean Handley
Karen Harbert
Bonnie Harris
Reagan Healea
Lorraine Houston
MJ Howson
Ron Ishoy
Linda O. Johnston
Beth Kerber Sears
Heidi Kilgor
Sharon Kirby

Cathy Kirk, Ph.D.
Kate Kuligowski
Debra Lampert Rudman
Penny Leigh
Elizabeth Lopez
Susan Luck
Cathy Madson
Barbara Magera, MD
Chelle Martin
Maggie Marton
Debbie Mason
Rebecca McGuire
Susan Metzger
Merrie Meyers, Ph.D.
Arlene Millman
Jan Nauman
Peri Norman
Sandra Olsen
Melissa Olund
Marsha Pugh
Jen Reeder
Lyn Richards Pawlowski
Linda Saraco
Angela Schneider
Mary Schwager
Amy Shojai
Allan Siegel
Patricia Stephens
Judith Tabler
Michael Varga
Elaine Waldorf Gerwitz
Barbara Waters
Cathy Weselby
Cheryl Wilson
Deborah Wood
Maureen Wyman
George Young
Chris Zink, DVM, Ph.D.