Aug 102020

Hi everyone. Island Cat Mom here. Last Saturday night, the Cat Writers’ Association held its annual awards ceremony. Because the CWA annual in-person conference was cancelled this year due to Covid-19, the event…called “From Glammies to Jammies Virtual Award Ceremony”…was held on-line through Zoom and Facebook Live. There were 66 Muse Medallion Awards and 20 Special Awards handed out during the course of the evening for the best cat-related articles, short stories, books, poetry, videos, blogs, photographs and podcasts.

CWA Certificate of Excellence

Being a CWA Certificate of Excellence recipient, our blog was in the running for a Muse Award in the Website/Blog: Humor/Entertainment category. I say “our blog” because even though I may be the chief writer and photo-taker, Ernie and Zoey (and Wally, in memoriam) are the inspiration and the most important part of our team. Without them, there would be no blog.

We didn’t win the coveted Muse Award. But that’s okay…I didn’t expect to win. I am proud and honored to have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for our blog. The Muse Award went to Rachel Loehner and her blog, Three Chatty Cats…and it is well deserved.

One of the things the CWA does at all of its conferences is a fundraiser for a shelter or rescue. This year’s spotlight rescue is Tabby’s Place Cat Sanctuary located in Ringoes, NJ. The fundraiser is being handled a bit differently this time, though. And everyone, not just CWA members, can participate. If you make a donation to Tabby’s Place, you will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes donated by the event’s sponsors. There’s still time to make a donation as the drawing will not take place until August 16, 2020 when the donation check is presented to Tabby’s Place. Click HERE if you’d like to make a donation and be entered into the drawing.

Even though we all couldn’t be physically together for the Awards Ceremony, it was a lot of fun to watch and cheer on my fellow cat writers. It was also fun to see some big name presenters like Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” and Christopher Knight…yeah, that’s right…Peter Brady from the Brady Bunch!  Big kudos to CWA president, Deb Barnes, and the rest of the team that organized this event. I know it wasn’t an easy feat…kind of like herding cats. I’m sure there were glitches and issues…but I didn’t notice. And finally, CONGRATULATIONS to all the Muse Medallion and Special Award winners! If you’d like to see who won, click HERE for the complete list.

  37 Responses to “Cat Writers’ Association Virtual Awards Ceremony”

  1. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence!

    We are supporters of Tabby’s Place through, and we just love them!

    Tama and Genji

  2. Congratulations on your certificate!

  3. It’s an honor to be nominated! We watched most of the awards.

    The Florida Furkids

  4. We love your blog, and it’s great that the CWA feels the same way!

  5. Congratulations…sincerely meant. I also support disabled cats there through contribution each month. They are so worthy.

  6. Congrats on the Certificate of Excellence! We tried to watch online but never got it to work.

  7. Congratulations on your award! Definitely well deserved.

  8. Congratulations…………you totally deserve any kudos you received because EVERYONE loves yoru blog. We mean that too!! We ZOOMED in to watch a little of the event – that has to be tough to organize. Everyone did a great job.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  9. A huge congratulations on your award. What an honor.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  10. We happily donated and thank you for reminding us and CONGRATS for your medal. You deserve the BEST!

  11. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence!

  12. Congratulations you definitely deserve an award. x

  13. Congratulations. Your blog certainly deserves a Certificate of Excellence.

  14. you’re winners in our book… congrats on the certificate.

  15. Congratulations on Certificate of Excellence! Even though the in-person conference could not be held, I’m glad you had a great time 🙂

  16. Concatulations Miss Sue an Ernie an Zoey an ‘angel’ Wally!! What a lovelee award an well deeserved! Wee look forwerd to your postss efurry day! Yore one kewl bloggie!!
    **purrss** an <3 Love <3 BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

  17. guyz….pleez ta tell de ladee with de yellow hair we said CONGA RATZ !!!! how kewl iz thiz 🙂 ♥♥

  18. Congrats, Kitties and Yellow-haired Lady. Ya done good! We have always loved your blog even in times when we weren’t posting or commenting hardly at all. We love Ernie and Zoey and Wally (who will always be a part of your family even if he resides in another part of the Universe now) and even the Y-H Lady too!

  19. Congratulations on your certificate. I wasn’t able to watch due to the time difference.

  20. The Tribe sends you a BIG concatulations! A certificate of Excellence is a HUGE honor!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  21. They sure did an amazing job making the event virtual!

  22. Congrats on the certificate, that is something to be proud of. XO

  23. Congrats on your award!

  24. Congratulations Leah! Winning something after all the work involved is fun and satisfying isn’t it?

  25. Congratulations on your Certificate of Excellence! It’s certainly well-deserved!

  26. Although we couldn’t be at the awards, I’m happy for all the winners, including my human, who won one Muse.

  27. You guys are always winners in our book.

  28. Congrats on the Certificate of Excellence!! We always love stopping by your blog for the excellent posts that you with us all the time. Thanks for the share. Have a beautiful rest of your day.

  29. I was very surprised and honored to win the Muse for that category. And thank you for the shout out! It was fun watching the ceremony. Congrats to all of the COE and Muse winners!

  30. That is a huge honor! Congrats to you and your kitties!

  31. Congratulations on your award.This is a huge honor

  32. Congrats on being one of ‘the chosen’!

  33. Your Certificate of Excellence is well deserved – congratulations to you and your team! It sounds like they made a very nice event out of this year’s challenges!

  34. Ernie give the lady with yellow hair a high five and a head bump…
    Hugs Cecilia

  35. Serious concatulations…

  36. Congratulations! You certainly deserve the recognition. I’m so proud for you.

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