Update (May 28, 2020): Since this announcement was first posted on Jan. 15, the Cat Writers’ Association 2020 Conference has been cancelled.
Here’s part of the announcement sent to CWA Members:
“It is with great sadness we have determined in light of the circumstances and with everyone’s safety our main priority, that we will be canceling our 2020 event that was to be held July 16 -18 in Iselin, NJ at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in conjunction with the CFA/Garden State Cat Expo and Show.
“We debated many scenarios…but ultimately, with so much uncertainty in the air, along with people understandably apprehensive and probably not wanting to travel this year, as well as the financial strain many of us are experiencing – all have given us reason to determine canceling the event is the best option and we will move forward with a conference at some future date in 2021 to be determined.”
Despite canceling the conference, CWA will still go on with its communications contest and presenting Certificates of Excellence, MUSES, and Special Awards in a virtual celebration with the date to be determined, probably still in July.
For more information, please visit: catwriters.com/
The Cat Writers Association’s annual conference
is coming up in July of 2020 and there’s lots of related news.
First off, there are plenty of awards people can enter to win.
Qualified entries must be works created between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. For a full list of categories, which range from written articles to graphic arts, visit www.catwriters.com.
In addition, there are a number of special entries, such as:
AAFP CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE® AWARD
Sponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), this award is presented for the entry that best educates cat owners about the benefits of going to a Cat Friendly Practice®.
CATALYST COUNCIL CONNECTION AWARD
This award, sponsored by the CATalyst Council, celebrates both the writer and subject of a true story depicting an experience of a kitten or cat adopted from a shelter which results in a profound connection between the cat and its adoptive pet parent.
CWA COUNCIL OF DIRECTORS NEWCOMER CAT COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
This award, sponsored by the CWA is presented to a CWA member only; new to the organization 18 months or less, whose submitted piece best communicates on any range of cat-related topics, including, but not limited to the feline-human bond, cat and kitten rescue, cat care and cat health issues, cat environmental enrichment, cat behavior, cat trends and more.
For the full list, go to: http://catwriters.com/wp_meow/2019-contest-special-awards-list-with-descriptions/#.Xh-muXt7k6U
Next up, CWA is also looking for speakers.
As the flyer states, CWA is seeking industry leaders, motivators and creative talents to help present dynamic, informative and educational sessions at the 2020 CWA Conference, which will be held July 16-18, 2020 in Iselin, New Jersey. The proposal deadline is Jan. 31. Again, visit catwriters.com, for more information.
Prior to April 30, you can purchase your tickets to the banquet for a reduced price of $129 for CWA Members or $159 for non-members. (Regular prices are $149 and $179, respectively.)
We plan to be there representing Wow my pet did that and always, paws crossed, maybe winning an award! Regardless, it should be very informative and fun. We hope to see you there!