The best-known feature of the DWAA is the annual writing contest, which encourages excellence in writing about dogs in all aspects of communication. The competition is open to all writers, photographers, editors, and publishers — with no distinction between amateurs and professionals.

The annual awards program has traditionally been held the day before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to present the awards to the winners of the writing competition. Due to the pandemic, winners of the competition will be announced virtually on the DWAA Facebook page on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

And now for the finalists and winners in the Regular and Special Categories:

Regular Categories

All regular category finalists receive certificates, which were sent out via U.S. postal mail on 12/04/20. Winners in the regular categories will receive a Maxwell medallion.

A. Newspaper Articles and Columns

1. Article – Health or General Care

Joanne Anderson – When to Neuter Bigger Breed Pups?

Arden Moore – Groomer finds niche with focus on dogs’ overall health

Sassafras Lowrey – Before You Adopt: Planning a Lifelong Commitment to Your Pet’s Health

2. Article – Behavior or Training

Sassafras Lowrey – What We Can Learn From European Dog Culture

Joanne Anderson – Buster – From Rescue to Agility Ace

Kaitlyn Wells – How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety

3. Article – Rescue

Rebecca Gail Hennes – Houston-area Dog Lodge offers special canines haven through their final days

Pam Gleason – Dog Rescue 2020; Hope in Hard Times

4. Article – Art or any Other Topic

Arden Moore – FAU wants robodog to be ultimate companion but with less cost

Angela Schneider – Walking with dogs: Remembering faithful hiking buddies on “Rainbow Bridge” day

Kaitlyn Wells – Want to Gift Someone a Pet? Here’s What to Do First

Kim Kavin – Stay-at-home orders halt service dog training

B. Magazines

5. Single, Related, or All-Breed

AJ Arapovic – Showsight Magazine / Joe McGinnis Memorial Issue

Mara Bovsun – AKC Family Dog Magazine

Bo Bengtson – Whippet Review Magazine

Melissa Kauffman and Annie Butler Shirreffs – Dogster Magazine

6. Annual, Special Interest, or Any Other Subject

Devon Hubbard Sorlie – Chronicle of the Dog/Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

Georgeann Reeve and Sharon Montville – The Alpenhorn – Special BISS Edition

C. Magazine Articles

7. Article– Health or General Care

Jeff Grognet – Mark of the Wolf

Lisa M. Curry – Wills, Trusts and Dog

Jen Reeder – The Promise of Stem Cell Therapy

Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz – By the Skin of Our Tilapia

8. Article– Behavior or Training

Jamie Gregory – After the Quarantine: Dogs May Experience Separation Anxiety Once We Go Back to Work

Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz – Shutter Dog Support

Nancy Marie Tanner – Rescue Bloom

9. Article – Rescue

Cara Sue Achterberg – The Economics of Animal Rescue

Jen Reeder – These Precious Days

Rachel Brix – A Girl and Her Dog

10. Article– Breed

Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz – The Golden Age of Heroes

Nancy Melone – Don’t Be a Doodle Dunce: 5 Myths about Bernerdoodles and How to Refute Them

Jen Reeder – Lap Dog

11. Article/Column – Art or Any Other Topic

Chip Colwell and Jill Neimark – Can Archaeology Dogs Smell Ancient Time?

Bud Boccone and Kate McCroary – The Canine Muse

D. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

12. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters

Debra M. Eldredge, DVM and Cindy Foley – Dog Watch

E. Canine or All-Animal Newspapers or Newsletters Articles

13. Article – Any Topic

Kate Basedow – Budget for a Cesarean Section

Debra Eldredge, DVM– Mast Cell Tumors Can be Tricksters 

Penny Leigh – Placing Puppies in the Age of COVID-19: Breeder Safety Tips

F. Online

14. Blogsite

Carol Bryant – Fidose of Reality

Emma Kesler – Miles and Emma

Noel Duan – Argos & Artemis

Cara S. Achterberg – Another Good Dog

15. Website

Miranda Grace Carey – AKC

Melissa Kauffman, Annie Shirreffs and Bridget Shirvell – Dogster

16. Online Magazine

Bud Boccone – AKC Gazette

17. Online Newsletter

Penny Leigh and Hilarie Erb – AKC Canine Partners News

Lorraine Houston, Nancy Foran and Cathy Vandergeest – Speaking of Dogs Online Newsletter

G. Online Articles or Blog Entries

18. Online Article Or Blog Entry– Health or General Care

Kim Campbell Thornton – Working Dog Blues

Miranda Carney – Blue-Green Algae and Dogs: Symptoms and Prevention

Kaitlyn Wells – How to Groom Your Dog or Cat at Home

Amy Shojai – Gulp! Why Some Pets Gobble Their Food

Yasmine Ali – How to Visit the Vet Safely in the COVID-19 Era

Jen Reeder – Meet the veterinarian who gives free medical care to pets of the homeless

Emma Kesler – Dog Lumps and Bumps

19. Online Article Or Blog Entry – Behavior or Training

Dori Saltzman – 9 Mistakes Dog Trainers Say You’re Making

Julie Buzby – Navigating Your Dear Old Dog’s Golden Years: Dr. Buzby’s Ultimate Guide

Chris Zink – The Eyes Have It

Yasmine Ali – How to Socialize Your Puppy During Times of Social Distancing

Rebecca Lynch – Just Desserts: Putting an End to Counter Surfing

Skye Anderson – The Gift of Sam

William Hank – Duo Dogs Provide Service, Therapy, & Comfort To Those Needing It Most

Cathy Madson – Socializing Your Puppy While Social Distancing

Jessica and Mike Ring – Don’t Play With Your Dog’s Food

20. Online Article or Blog Entry – Rescue

Arden Moore – Shelters Unleash Effective Tactics to Land Loving Homes for Older Pets

Kaitlyn Arford – Therapy Dog Provides Virtual Comfort to Hospital as “Flat Finn”

Mary Schwager – Teacher Saves Pup Trapped in Crate from Lake

Rhona Melsky – Top Puppy Mill Investigator Reveals His Secrets in New “Rescue Dogs” Book

Sandy Robins – Golden Years: Adopting and Loving A senior Dog

Nate Richards and Ryan Lenora Brown – In lockdown, they found someone – with four legs – to love

Jen Reeder – This dog went from biting – and almost being euthanized – to cuddly and sweet

21. Online Article or Blog Entry– Any Other Topic

Caroline Coile – Your Puppies Need a Chip on Their Shoulder

Denise Fleck – Enrichment Creates the Bond of a Lifetime: One Dog’s Journey Using His Eyes, Ears, Nose, Paws and Tongue

Angela Schneider – Service Dogs: A journey of love, independence and “normal” living

Joel Gavriele-Gold – Coping With Dog Loss and Grief in the Midst of the Pandemic

Lisa Peterson – The Last of the Line

Kaitlyn Arford – “Booker T. Pug” Inspires Confidence & Reading Comprehension as Therapy Dog

Rise VanFleet – Do We Sell Them Short? Supporting “Agency” in Animals

William Hank – 11-Year-Old Cancer Fighter Fulfills Wish of Competing in AKC Agility With Dog Bruiser

H. Graphics

22. Single Photo

Donna Bielewski – Elvis

Susan Willett – Tucker

Emelise Baughman – Chesapeake Swimming

Angela Schneider – The Love of a Dog

23. Series Photos

Emma Kesler – A Moment of Bliss

Angela Schneider – Sled dogs: He was mad he didn’t get to run farther

24. Single Illustration or Painting

Sandy Mesmer – Color Me Canine (Herding Group)

Dawn Secord – Irish Setter Club of America Memo Feb 2020

H. Graphics (cont.)

25. Series of Illustrations or Paintings

Kate McCroary – AKC Family Dog Infographics

Laurie Lee Leach – Covid Chronicles

Jacelyn Botti and Lynn Eberenz – Maximilian Rescues Abaco

26. Posters, Calendars, Brochures or Pamphlets

Jane Harding – Portuguese Water Dog 2021

I. Humor, Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays/Editorials

27. Humor

Mary Ellen Chaffin – Bob & Bossy’s Victory Tour

Stephanie Gibeault – A Dog’s New Year’s Resolutions

Jen Reeder – I Was Right To Feel Insecure About Wearing A Poodle

28. Poetry

Christy Doherty – Star Dancer

Susan C Willett – Haiku by Dog: Hole

Michael Alan Hoffman – Shep’s Lucky Day

29. Short Fiction

Kristine Kibbee – The Three Dogs of Christmas

30. Essays/Editorials

Debra Eldredge, DVM – A Difficult Decision

Susan Willett – Remembering Tucker

Denise Yates – Bayleigh Welsh Terriers Trip The Light Fantastic Westminster Weekend 2020

J. Other Media

31. Video or TV Broadcasts

Sydney Bleicher – Socialization Deconstructed

Diane Rose-Solomon – Canine Commandos Program

Joel Gavriele-Gold – AKC TV Ask the Expert – Human Canine Bond, Grief & Relationships

32. Podcasts

Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser – DogLab: Bringing research and industry experts to dog owners

Melissa Anne Olund and Bud Boccone – Down and Back: Stories From the American Kennel Club Archives

Arden Moore – Kristen Levine to the Rescue!

33. Radio or Other Audio

Ann Hohenhaus – Animal Medical Center’s Ask the Vet Radio Program on SiriusXM Channel 109

K. Club Publications (National, Regional or Local)

34. Magazine format

Kathy Glaes and Leslie Ziesing – Australian Shepherd Journal

Georgeann Reeve and Sharon Montville – The Alpenhorn Spring 2020 – Training / Puppies / Activities

35. Newsletter format

Margaret Ruth Wolfe – The Neogram

L. Club Publication Articles

36. Article – Any Topic

Colleen Lemasters- Becoming a Therapy Dog Team

DiAnn Flory – Preserving Purebred Dog Breeds: Our Responsibility as Caretakers of Cairn Terriers

Debra Eldredge, DVM – Corgi Ahoy

Nancy Melone – COVID & Canines

37. Regular Column or Series

June Greig – Donations Pulled From Group Importing Dogs

Kathryn Braund – Recollections- The Early Years

Nancy Melone – Protecting North American Dogs from Imported Disease Pathogens: The Cases of Dog Flu and Distemper

Elizabeth M. Jarrell – The Lake Anna Ladies’ Dog Society Birthday Invitational and BBQ

Robin Hamme, Deb Jones, Karyn Beyer and Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America – BMDCA Info Series – #24, #25, #26, #27

M. Club Special Publication

38. Club Special Publication

Susan Hurrell – 2019 Doberman Pinscher Club of America Year in Review

N. Books

39. Single, Related, or All-Breed

Carol Price – Behaviour Insights, Issues and Solutions (Border Collies: A Breed Apart)

40. Rescue or Adoption

Kate Kuligowski – Dr. Dusty, The Down and Dirty, Rewarding Reality Of A Rural Rescue

Meredith Wargo and Diane Trull – DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them

Cara Achterberg – One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and a Journey Into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues

41. Training or Sports

Robert Hewings – Scent Training For Every Dog

Bonny Quick – Agility Bible (A practical guide for handlers)

Chris Zink and Gayle Watkins – Fit For Life Puppy

42. Behavior, Health, or General Care

Zazie Todd – Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Julie Buzby – Saying Goodbye to Your Dog

43. Human/Animal Bond

Dale M. Ward – Raising the Worst Dog Ever: A Survival Guide

Barbara Techel – I’m Fine Just the Way I Am – Healing Emotional Pain through the Wisdom of Animals and Oracles

44. Reference

Amy Shojai – Dog Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Dog

Carol Bryant and Maggie Marton – Pet Blogging For Love & Money

45. Fiction, Young Adult or Humor

Beverly Thompson AKA Cyd Houndstooth Tweed – Dog-Eared For Death

Paula Munier – Blind Search

Karen Harbert – Crook’d

46. Children: Picture Books (up to 3 years old)

Emily Deborah Levine and Sarah Rachel Glazer – Doggy Do’s & Dont’s

Jacelyn Botti – Maximilian Rescues Abaco

47. Children: Early Readers (ages 4 to 8)

Stephanie ltle-Clark and Sandy DeLisle – Out of the Doghouse

Connie Ruth Warnock – A Christmas Tail

Linda Netschert – Jade-Lost in Yellowstone

48. Children: Young Readers (ages 9 to 12)

Arden Moore – A Kid’s Guide to Dogs

49. Children: Young Adult (ages 12 to 18)

Sandy Mesmer – Color Me Canine (Herding Group)

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best article in a national, regional or local AKC club publication in magazine or newsletter format. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant.

Debra Eldredge, DVM – Corgi Ahoy

Nancy Melone – COVID & Canines 

Kathryn “Kitty” Braund – Recollections – The Early Years

AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award

Sponsored by AKC Reunite for the best article on how microchips can be used in pet recovery. Articles can include recovery stories of how dogs were identified or returned to owners, permanent identification in cases of theft, uses of microchips to confirm identity of dogs in competition, etc. The award is a $1,000 cash grant.

Caroline Coile – Your Puppies Need a Chip on Their Shoulder

Joanne Anderson – The Mushroom Mystery

Carol Bryant – Can Microchipping Reunite Lost Dogs: A Dog Parent’s Guide


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award goes to the writer of a print or online feature article that best educates pet owners about responsible dog ownership. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant. To enter, submit one article, which must also be entered in this year’s contest in one of the regular categories.

Julie Buzby – Preparing for Your Dog’s Euthanasia: 10 Thoughts for Peace

Elizabeth Anderson Lopez – Your Spring Cleaning Task List

Caroline Coile – Your Puppies Need a Chip on Their Shoulder

Nancy Melone – Protecting North American Dogs from Imported Disease Pathogens: The Cases of Dog Flu and Distemper

Carol Bryant – The Truth Behind The Merle Cocker Spaniels Controversy


The AKC Family Dog Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing (including books, articles and blog posts) about any or all of the good manners programs under the AKC Family Dog umbrella, including AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, Urban CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. While participating in these activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. This award consists of a $500 cash grant.

Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz – Therapy Dogs Help Calm Capitol Hill Lawmakers Amid Impeachment Hearings

William Hank – From CGC To MSG: Canine Good Citizen Daniel the Golden Retriever

Kari Lavalli – Advance Trick Dog – Why you should teach your dog tricks!


The Canine Scribbles Award

Sponsored by Canine Scribbles, LLC, this is awarded for the best article that promotes the reasons to own a purebred canine. The fiction or nonfiction article of 1000 to 1500 words must be published in a print or online publication. The focus of the article should exemplify the virtues of owning a specific purebred dog. A high-resolution .jpeg (at least 300 dpi) should accompany the article that depicts the canine about which the article is written. The article should be clearly and succinctly written, and should outline the advantages of purebred dog ownership, with a unique journalistic voice. $350 cash grant.

William Hank – 11-Year-Old Cancer Fighter Fulfills Wish of Competing in AKC Agility With Dog Bruiser

Ranny Green – How One Relationship Redefined the Word Soulmates

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award

Sponsored by American Legion Post 348 of Brick Township, New Jersey. For a submission in any form of media that educates the public about the important role our military dogs play in our Armed Forces, including issues affecting their emotional and physical care during their training, active service and retirement. Congratulations to The American Legion as it Celebrates its 100 Years Anniversary. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.

Jen Reeder – Marine veteran adopts dog who saved his life in Afghanistan

Lauren Collier and Jim Ballard – The United States War Dogs Association: Bond of Brothers

Ranny Green – How One Relationship Redefined the Word Soulmates

The Dogster Health & Wellness Award

This award recognizes the article/column that did the best to promote home-care health awareness — identifying health and wellness best practices that dog owners can carry out at home for the dogs they love. Dogster helps dogs by helping dog owners and wants to recognize an outstanding written piece that does the same. $500 cash grant.

Julie Buzby – Navigating Your Dear Old Dog’s Golden Years: Dr. Buzby’s Ultimate Guide

Chris Zink – Play Ball! …. Safely

Debra Eldredge, DVM – A Difficult Decision

Elizabeth Anderson Lopez – The Zen Dog

The DOGTV Canine Enrichment Award

Sponsored by DOGTV, this award recognizes the best article in print or digital, including blog posts, that discusses canine enrichment and its role to improve a dog’s physical and mental health. The award consists of a $500 cash grant. 

Carol Bryant – 101 Things To Do Indoors With Your Dog

Bryn Nowell – Exercise Clubs for Dogs

Arden Moore – A Kid’s Guide to Dogs

CJ Puotinen – Reforming a Reactionary: Resources and training tactics for reforming a reactive dog

Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Award

Sponsored by Dr. Harvey’s Fine Health Foods for Companion Animals, this award is for the best online blog post written by a dog blogger that exemplifies good health and wellness for dogs. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

Julie Buzby – 6 Ways to Be Your Senior Dog’s Hero

Emma Kesler – Dog Lumps and Bumps

Miranda Grace Carney – Blue-Green Algae and Dogs Symptoms and Prevention

Amy Shojai – Bravo’s Cancer Journey

The Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award

Sponsored by Darlene and Carol Bryant on behalf of FidoseofReality.com, this award is given to a non-corporate dog blogger. Composing a quality dog product or service review is an art. The winning dog blog post exemplifies the elements of a solid dog product or service review that goes above and beyond the basics. Entries will be judged on writing style, grammar, punctuation, imagery/video, and the overall way the review is presented. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a trophy.  

Jenise Carl – Cornstarch for Matted Dog Hair: A Heck of a Hack!

Susan Willett – Halley and the cats: A successful adoption made possible through training, positive reinforcement, and patience

Chris Zink – Play Ball! …. Safely

Mary Schwager – Teacher Saves Pup Trapped in Crate from Lake

Irene McHugh – Improve Your Dog’s Life with a Complete Enrichment Plan

The Manette Begin-Loudon Memorial Award

Sponsored by Lisa and Richard Kruysman and Cindy and Jack Begin. Presented to the writer/producer of a work that promotes awareness of the challenges faced by those who advocate for dogs included in the “Bully Breed” category, encompassing, but not limited to, topics centered on Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), Dog Fighting Rings and breed discrimination in general. The award consists of a $300.00 grant.

Debby McMullen – Looks are Deceiving: Why Breed Bias is Wrong

Mary Schwager – Stray Dog Joins Race And Runs 15 Miles To Find A Family

Emma Kesler – No Bad Terriers

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award

Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media formats that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates how enrichment activities (exercise, food puzzles, scent training, etc.) can benefit a dog’s emotional—not just physical—well-being and the role that has in their overall health. This may also include topics relating to how the resulting benefits of such enrichment to the dog’s emotional well-being can help set them up for more successful veterinary visits in the future, thus living a happier, healthier life. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

Zazie Todd – Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Miranda Grace Carney – Born with a Deformity, Jordi the Three-Legged Dog Defies Odds

Denise Fleck – Enrichment Creates the Bond of a Lifetime: One Dog’s Journey Using His Eyes, Ears, Nose, Paws and Tongue

Sandy DeLise and Stephanie Itle-Clark – Out of the Doghouse

The Grey Muzzle Award

Sponsored by The Grey Muzzle Organization, this award goes to the best article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates to the public the plight of at-risk senior dogs. This may include stories about special programs at a rescue or shelter that enable older best friends to retain their homes or find new forever homes, seniors for seniors programs, medical victories, hospice care for homeless dogs or other ways in which communities and/or individuals are helping to make sure no old dog dies alone or afraid. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a commemorative plaque.

Jen Reeder – These Precious Days

The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award

Named in honor of Harrison Stephens, a newspaper editor who wrote thought-provoking features marked by journalistic integrity and humor until his death just before his 100th birthday. This award is for a feature article that highlights the human-canine bond and leaves the reader with a smile. Potential topics include working dogs (or a lazy dog with a winning personality), or dog-centric nonprofits that promote positive outcomes for pets and people. The award is sponsored by Sally and Tom Reeder and consists of a $300 grant.

Rachel Brix – A Girl and Her Dog

Denise Fleck – Enrichment Creates the Bond of a Lifetime: One Dog’s Journey Using His Eyes, Ears, Nose, Paws and Tongue

Barbara Magera and Ann Eckersley – Healing Paws

Catherine Warren – A Change of Plans

Penny Leigh – Because of Barto

Mary Schwager – Service Dog Helps Save the Sea


James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award  

For the poem/poetry which best exemplifies the unconditional love of a dog. Sponsored by James Colasanti, Jr. The award is a $200 cash grant.

Debra Lampert-Rudman – In Our Bed

Christy Doherty – Star Dancer

Lisa Begin-Kruysman – Home With Human Blues (A Dog’s Point of View)


DWAA Junior Writer Award  

Sponsored by DWAA for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $250.00 cash grant per category, a DWAA Maxwell Medallion, and lapel pin.

Ages 10-12:

Mia Lussier – A Peach Among Pups

Ages 13-14:

Kathryn Prerost – The Perks of Having a Press Pass

Ages 15-17

Bailey Boswell – Oakley and Her Huge Personality

Mohit Singh – Puppy in the Rain

Victoria Corcoran- X Marks the Heart

Anjuli Turner- My Best Friend, Zeus

Madison Schlagel – Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Kate Gallagher – Running with June and Blu


The Rio Award

Sponsored by Jen Reeder and Bryan Fryklund in honor of their beloved Labrador retriever mix, Rio, this award is for an article, book or essay that profiles a dog who changed someone’s life in a profoundly positive way. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

Elaine Gewirtz – An American English Coonhound’s First Find: Tracking a Missing Child

Barbara Techel – I’m Fine Just the Way I Am – Healing Emotional Pain through the Wisdom of Animals and Oracles


The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award

Sponsored by Sleepypod, this award is for the best article or book that shares tips for pet safety during travel and/or anecdotes of dogs helped by owners who take safety precautions. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

Elizabeth Anderson Lopez – Don’t Sit or Stay – Travel Away

Caroline Coile – Roving With Rover: Travel Tips


The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award

Sponsored by The Westminster Kennel Club in memory of legendary dog show reporter Walter Fletcher, this annual award goes to the reporter who best exemplifies continued press coverage of dog shows in America. The writer’s work must appear in a print or online publication with coverage generated from Westminster Week events. The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The chair is located at the end of the front row, in the working press section, on the arena floor of Madison Square Garden. The winner will also receive $500.

Bo Bengtson – Show Expenses: What Does It Cost To Put On A Dog Show?

Lauren Collier and Jim Ballard – Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2020


Dogwise Best Book Award

Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500 to the author of the best book. The winner will be chosen by the president of DWAA from the winners of all the book categories. The award is a $500 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

WINNER: TBA


DWAA Distinguished Service Award

Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award honors extraordinary achievement and communications excellence. It recognizes the person who, by word, deed, exemplary conduct, public communication and professional excellence, best promotes the interest of the sport of dogs. The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

WINNER: TBA


DWAA Hall of Fame Inductee

WINNER: TBA

Special thanks to the DWAA 2020 Judges.

Special thanks to DWAA Banquet and Contest Chair, Darlene Bryant, for all her hard work in overseeing the competition and all of its moving parts.