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Dog Writers Association of America Annual Writing Contest


Friday, September 7, 2018


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Entry Fees

Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $20.00

Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00


Maxwell Medallions
AKC Club Publication Excellence Award-sponsor/AKC-$500
AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award-sponsor/AKC Reunite-$1,500
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award-sponsor/AKC-$500
AKC Family Dog Award-sponsor/AKC- $500
Canine Scribbles Award-sponsor/Canine Scribbles, LLC-$350
Captain William Lewis Judy Award-sponsor/American Legion #348 & Lisa Begin-Kruysman- $350
Ceva Heartworm Prevention Award-sponsor/Ceva Animal Health-$1,500
DWAA Junior Writer Award-sponsor/Children’s book author Karen Petit-$400
DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award-sponsor-his family & friends-$300
Fear Free Pets Award-sponsor/Fear Free, LLC-$2,000
Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award-sponsor/Fear Free, LLC-$2,000
GNFP Digital Canine Companion Award-GNFP Digital-$1,000
Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award-sponsors/Sally & Tom Reeder-$300
Heroes for Healthy Pets Award-sponsor/Merck Animal Health-$1,500
James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award sponsor/James Colasanti, Jr.-$200
Pet Fashion Guild Pet Fashion Award-sponsor/Pet Fashion Guild-$350
PSI Professional Pet Care Award-sponsor/Pet Sitters International$-300
Rio Award/Jen Reeder & Bryan Fryklund-$300
Sleepypod Pet Safety Award-sponsor/Sleepypod-$500
Take Your Dog To Work Award-sponsor/Pet Sitters International- $300
Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award-sponsor/Westminster Kennel Club-$300
Dogwise Best Book Award-sponsor/Dogwise Publishing-$500
DWAA Distinguished Service Award-sponsor/AKC, chosen by DWAA $1,00


The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), founded in 1935 is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. The contest is open to all writers, editors, bloggers, 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, 2018. Only original work published between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 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 9, 2018 at 6:00 a.m. EST. The contest closes for online entries on September 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST. All mail-in entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 7, 2018.

Contact Information

Jen Reeder, President, [email protected]
Lauren Darr, Contest Chair, Lauren [email protected]
Lea-Ann Germinder, Publicity Chair, [email protected]


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