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Dog Writers Association of America’s Annual Writing Competition


Friday, September 8, 2017


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Entry Fees

Discounted Member entry fees are accepted for members in good standing as of May 1, 2017.

Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $20.00

Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00


Regular Categories:
All nominees receive certificates. Winners receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of the late Maxwell Riddle.
Special Award Categories:
The Canine Scribbles Award – $350
The Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award – $1,500
The GNFP Digital Online Article Award – $500
The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award – $300
International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals Pet Fashion Award – $350
The Morris Animal Foundation Canine Health Award – $300
The PSI Professional Pet Care Award – $300
The Take Your Dog Award – $300
The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award – seat of honor at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
AKC Club Publication Excellence Award – $500
AKC Microchipping Awareness Award – $1,500
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award – $500
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Award – $500
Dogwise Best Book Award – $500
DWAA Distinguished Service Award – $1,000
DWAA Junior Writer Award – $400
DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award – $300
James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award – $200
The Captain William Lewis Judy Award – $350
The Captain Haggerty Award for Best Training Book or Article – $200


The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics.
The contest is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories.
Members and non-members may apply.
Discounted member entry fees are available to members in good standing as of May 1, 2017.
Only original work published between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 will be accepted.
Reprints, revisions, updates of previously published work are not eligible.
An entry may be submitted in only one regular category. Exception: A book containing art may be submitted in a book category and in one or more art categories and requires two or more entry fees.
Magazines, newsletters and blogs must be published at least quarterly.
Submissions begin July 10, 2017. The contest closes on September 8, 2017.
All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than Friday, September 8, 2017.

Contact Information

Jen Reeder, DWAA President
[email protected]
Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR Fellow PRSA
[email protected]
917-334-8682 or 212-367-2170
Caitlyn O'Hare
[email protected]


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