2016 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, OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

25. Humor
26. Poetry
27. Short Fiction
28. Opinions/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

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.

AKC Microchipping Awareness Award

Sponsored 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 $1500 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact the AKC/Reunite 1-800-252-7894

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.

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

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Canine Good Citizen
Sponsored 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 $500.00 cash award.

Dogwise Best Book Award

Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500.00 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 $500.00 cash grant.  Do not apply for this award.

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.

DWAA Junior Writer Award

Sponsored by Karen Petit 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.

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. $300.00 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 $200.00 cash grant.

North Shore Animal League America Award

For all media which best supports the missions of the League’s program, encouraging spay/neuter initiatives as a way of reducing unwanted births and pet euthanasia rates; focus can be on the community-wide programs or individual responsibility of pet owners. Award: $500.00 cash grant.

Planet Dog Foundation Sit. Speak. Act. Canine Service Award

For all media. For the best story promoting and celebrating a program in which dogs serve and support their best friends, by highlighting service dogs, therapy dogs, K-9 search and rescue, or police dogs. Award: $500.00 cash grant.

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award

Sponsored by American Legion Post #348, Brick Township, NJ 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 $350.00 cash grant.