2017 Writing Competition Categories

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Regular Categories

A. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND COLUMNS

1. Article – Health or General Care
2. Article – Behavior or Training
3. Article – Rescue
4. Article – Art or Any Other Topic

B. MAGAZINES

5. Single, Related, or All-Breed
6. Annual, Special Interest, or Any Other Subject

C. MAGAZINE ARTICLES

7. Article – Health or General Care
8. Article – Behavior or Training
9. Article – Rescue
10. Article – Breed
11. Article – Art or Any Other Topic

D. 12. CANINE OR ALL-ANIMAL NEWSPAPERS OR NEWSLETTERS

E. CANINE, ALL-ANIMAL NEWSPAPER OR NEWSLETTER ARTICLES AND COLUMNS

13. Any Topic

F. ONLINE

14. Blogsite or Website
15. Magazine or Newsletter

G. ONLINE ARTICLES OR BLOG ENTRIES

16. Article or Blog – Health or General Care
17. Article or Blog – Behavior or Training
18. Article or Blog – Rescue
19. Article or Blog – Any Other Topic

H. GRAPHICS

20. Single Photo
21. Series Photos
22. Single Illustration or Painting
23. Series of Illustrations or Paintings
24. Posters, Calendars, Brochures or Pamphlets

I. HUMOR, POETRY, SHORT FICTION, ESSAYS/EDITORIALS

25. Humor
26. Poetry
27. Short Fiction
28. Essays/Editorials

J. OTHER MEDIA

29. Video, DVD, or TV Broadcasts
30. Radio, Podcast, or Other Audio

K. CLUB PUBLICATIONS (National, Regional or Local)

31. Magazine Format
32. Newsletter Format

L. CLUB PUBLICATION ARTICLES

33. Article – Any Topic
34. Regular Column or Series

M. 35. CLUB SPECIAL PUBLICATION

N. BOOKS

36. Single, Related, or All-Breed
37. Rescue or Adoption
38. Training or Sports
39. Behavior, Health, or General Care
40. Human/Animal Bond
41. Reference
42. Fiction, Young Adult, or Humor
43. Children

Special Award Categories

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award

AKCSponsored 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.


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award

AKCSponsored 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.


The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award

CEVA Double DefenseSponsored by Ceva Animal Health, this award is for the best article that educates the public about the heartworm awareness and prevention tips. The winner will receive a $1,500 grant.


Dogwise Best Book Award

DogwiseSponsored 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.


DWAA Junior Writer Award

Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, 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: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.


AKC Microchipping Awareness Award

AKC ReuniteSponsored by The AKC Reunite Program 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 $1,500 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact AKC Reunite at 1-800-252-7894.


DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award

Sponsored by his family and friends. For the best article describing the rescue process: adoption, fostering, transporting, home visits or other aspects of rescue. $300 cash grant.


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.


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Award

Canine Good CitizenSTAR PuppySponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program or the puppy level of CGC, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Recognized as the “gold standard” for family dog manners, CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy focus on teaching good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to dog owners. This award is a $500 cash award.


The Captain William Lewis Judy Award
American LegionSponsored by American Legion Post #348, Brick Township, N.J. and Lisa Begin-Kruysman. 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. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.


The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award

Westminster Kennel ClubSponsored 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 must have written a bylined article in a print or online general interest publication about a dog show (or shows). The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2018 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 Canine Scribbles Award

Canine ScribblesSponsored 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.


The Fear Free Pets Award

Fear FreeSponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates the importance and benefits of taking a dog to a Fear Free certified veterinary professional. This may also include how a dog’s emotional well-being can play a role in all aspects of its life and health, including veterinary care, how decreasing fear, anxiety, and stress is beneficial to the patient and owner both during the veterinary visit and at home, a focus on Fear Free applications pre- and post-veterinary visit, successful case studies/stories of how a dog went from fearful to Fear Free during or throughout the course of a single or series of veterinary visits, positive experiences working with a Fear Free certified veterinary professional or anything that highlights how Fear Free and what it stands for is all around better for staff, patients, and clients. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.


Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award

Fear FreeSponsored 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.


The GNFP Digital Online Article Award

GNFPSponsored by GNFP Digital, this award is for the best online article that highlights the human-canine bond in action. The winner will receive a $500 grant.


International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals Pet Fashion Award

Pet Fashion ProfessionalsSponsored by the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals, this award is for a submission in any form of media that demonstrates the enhanced bonds and connections between humans and their dog(s) through pet fashion. This award consists of a $350 cash grant.


The Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Book or Article

Sponsored by Babette Haggerty of Haggerty Dog Training in memory of her father, Captain Arthur Haggerty, this award is for the best book or article on training. The winner will receive a $200 cash grant.


The Morris Animal Foundation Canine Health Award

Morris Animal FoundationSponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit that invests in science to advance animal health, this award is for the best science-based article or book about canine health issues or research. The winner will receive a $300 cash grant.


The PSI Professional Pet Care Award

Pet Sitters InternationalSponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts. This award consists of a $300 cash prize.


The Take Your Dog Award

Take Your Dog to Work DaySponsored by Take Your Dog To Work Day® creator Pet Sitters International, this award is presented to the entry that best highlights the special human-canine bond and importance of pet adoptions. Qualifying print or online entries include newspaper or magazine articles, blog posts and personal essays. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.


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.


DWAA Distinguished Service Award

AKCSponsored 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.