Mail Call

painting of cat

Warm Winter Sun, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

Well, The Creative Cat has won a Certificate of Excellence in the Cat Writers Association (CWA) Communications Contest!Thank you, Namir, for inspiring me to do this!

And so has Great Rescues as a gift book, as well as the illustrations and the notebook paper, “22 Cats” in the back of the book!

two black cats looking out window

Mimi and Mr. Sunshine keep an eye on the birds.

In addition, and article, a photo and an illustration have won, “On Dying and Death, and Remembrance” in an edited version and “Birdwatching“, both published in Meow, the newsletter for the Cat Writers’ Association, and “Peaches“, the portrait I painted last year for Ingrid King and then published as one of my set of Feline Art Cards.

painting of dilute calico with amaryllis


The award letter reads that “the standards for winning a Certificate of Excellence are very high and this award is a recognition of your outstanding work.” Also, winners of the coveted CWA Muse(TM) Medallion are chosen from among the Certificate of Excellence winners, all of which will be announced at the annual conference in November.

What a wonderful ending to a somewhat frustrating week! It’s like a reward, and all the thanks go to my family of cats, yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s.

Read more about the Cat Writers’ Association and their annual Communications Contest. If you are a writer, illustrator, videographer, artist or in any way create public communications about cats, please read up on the organization and consider becoming a member!

Congratulations to all the other winners as well, since we’ll probably all get our packages at about the same time!


All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used in any way without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.

13 Comments on “Mail Call”

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  3. Yahoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And you KNOW, I don’t use exclamation points.

    Well deserved from a dedicated, talented artist/writer/photographer, woman about town.

    best to you and the puddies.

  4. We’re thrilled for you. Huge congrats, Bernadette!

  5. amyshojai says:

    Meee-wow! Congratulations, well deserved.

  6. animalartist says:

    Thanks everyone! My career has been in transition this year, intentionally, and The Creative Cat has been an important part of that as has sharing the things I create with people who enjoy them. Sometimes my energy flags when I’m overwhelmed with too many things to do, but receiving these awards was overwhelming in a good way, truly a gift today, as is your con-cat-ulations and your continued readership!

  7. Jay Davenport says:

    Way to go Bernadette.
    I love reading your stories and looking at the paintings and pictures.
    How I wish I had your talent.

  8. Mr Puddy says:

    Concatulation Benadette !!!!
    Happy Hugs to you : )

  9. Carolyn says:

    Well done indeed, Bernadette 😀

  10. I couldn’t be more pleased, Bernadette. Congratulations to you and the gang — this is wonderful news!

  11. Ingrid King says:

    Congratulations, Bernadette – I’m so happy for you!

  12. Denise says:

    Congratulations Bernadette and Kitties Who Have Inspired.
    Daisy and I are so very happy and proud for you.

  13. Susan Mullen says:

    Congratulations, Bernadette! I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks, and it’s already a huge favorite, for beautiful writing, for subjects close to my heart, and for great information on living with our brother and sister creatures.

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