Young Writers on the Web

DWAA is excited to encourage the next generation of writers with a new program called Young Writers on the Web. Writers who are under 18 years old are encouraged to submit stories about dogs for possible publication on a special section of the DWAA website, and potentially in our newsletter Ruff Drafts as space allows.

We’re thrilled that experienced journalist and editor Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will edit submissions and work with young writers to help polish them for publication. The chance to work with a professional of Mara’s caliber is a fantastic opportunity for budding writers!

Articles published by the program will be eligible as entries for DWAA’s annual writing competition. This is great news since Karen Petit, a prolific author of children’s books, sponsors a special award just for writers under 18 years old! It’s a wonderful chance to receive recognition and win $400!


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.


But before you can win an award, you need to get writing!

Please email fiction or nonfiction stories of less than 1000 words to Mara Bovsun. In the subject line, please write “DWAA YOUNG WRITERS (Name of author)” to ensure delivery.

Email Mara

Topics can include:

  • What you love about your dog
  • A funny or special experience you had with a dog
  • Your favorite thing to do with your dog
  • Training your dog
  • How to ____ with a dog
  • A make-believe short story about dogs
  • Why your family gave your dog his/her name
  • Advice for someone who is thinking about getting their first dog
  • Funny things dogs do

…And anything else so long as the work is focused on dogs!

Happy writing!

Recently Published Young Writers:

Mara Bovsun
Young Writers Program
Email Mara