Dog Writers Association of America Announces Writing Competition Winners

The "Oscars" of the dog writing world are revealed during grand affair.
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President Carol Bryant and VP Maggie Marton
President Carol Bryant and VP Maggie Marton
NEW YORK - Feb. 19, 2020 - PRLog -- On Sunday, February 9, the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) hosted its annual banquet and awards ceremony, which was a sold-out gala in Secaucus, New Jersey. The event was held during Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show.

Guests enjoyed keynote speeches from author Anne Serling and Dogwise's Larry Woodward, dined on a delicious Italian buffet, and received many surprises throughout the evening.

"This gala is a culmination of a year of hard work by all of our deserving participants and finalists," said Carol Bryant, President of DWAA. "Dogs are at our core, and we celebrate by, with, and for them on this special evening."

Regular award winners receive a coveted Maxwell medallion while Special award winners receive cash prizes and commemorative gifts and plaques.

May We Have The Envelopes, Please?

DWAA proudly announces its 2019 Writing Competition Regular and Special categories winners:

Click here to view all nominees and winners here.

Special Awards Sponsors

Over $15,000 in special award monies were given out thanks to our treasured sponsors, including:

* AKC Club Publication Excellence Award: $500 and a plaque
* AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award: $1,000
* AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award: $500 and a plaque
* AKC Family Dog Award: $500
* Canine Scribbles Award: $350
* Captain William Lewis Judy Award: $350
* Dogster Health and Wellness Award: $500
* DOGTV Canine Enrichment Award: $500
* Dr. Harvey's Canine Health Award: $500
* Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award: $300 and a trophy
* DWAA Robert H. McKeown Memorial Friends of Rescue Award: $300
* The Fear Free Pets Award: $2,000 and a commemorative plaque
* The Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award: $2,000 and a commemorative plaque
* The Good News for Pets Award: $500
* The Grey Muzzle Award: $500 and a commemorative plaque
* Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award: $300
* James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award: $200
* DWAA Junior Writer Award: Four ages groups, $250 each
* PSI Professional Pet Care Award: $300
* The Rio Award: $300
* Sleepypod Pet Safety Award: $500
* Vet Candy Award: $300 and a plaque
* Pet Candy Award: $300 and a plaque
* The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award: $300 and front row working press seat at WKC dog show
* Dogwise Best Book Award: $500
* DWAA Distinguished Service Award: $1,000 and a plaque

About DWAA

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. For more information, visit:

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