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Petwriters Central

The destination for writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others involved in publishing and other media.

Our members include experts about dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, reptiles and other animals with whom we share our lives.

Welcome to the home of a new community of pet writers and the editors, publishers, photographers and artists who support their work. Our experienced members are committed to educating, entertaining, and enlightening people about their pets.

The public area is a valuable resource for publishers, editors, and agents. It offers a showcase for some of the best work available about pets and lists information about our members, including their areas of expertise and links to their blogs and websites.

Our limited-access members area features information on publishers, publications, editors, and websites that are interested in pet writing and art.

Membership is by invitation only. Please check back often as we grow our site.

For more information, contact us at

News from Petwriters members:

  • 2013 Cat Writers Association contest MUSE Medallions to:
    Newspaper Article – Health & General Care Winner: Fran Pennock Shaw, “Just More of Me to Love?”, Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.
    Books — Behavior & Training Winner: Amy Shojai, ComPETability: Solving Behavior problems in Your Multi-Cat Household, Cool Gus Publishing
    AAFP Cat Friendly Award. Sponsored by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) it is presented to the entry that best educates cat owners about the benefits of going to a Cat Friendly Practice. The winner of the AAFP Cat Friendly Award is Dusty Rainbolt for “Cat Carrier” published at .
    The Shojai Mentor Award, sponsored by past-president Amy D. Shojai, recognizes the CWA member who has offered guidance, encouraging counsel, support, or other help that has had a direct and positive influence on another’s writing/publishing success. The winner is Darlene Arden and nominated by Layla Morgan Wilde.
    The Dr. Jim Richards Cornell Feline Health Center Veterinary Issues Award, sponsored by Cornell University’s Feline Health Center, is presented to the highest-quality entry on the topic of technological advances, research, new medical developments, or innovations in feline veterinary medicine. The winner is Fran Pennock Shaw for “Life-Saving Science, Cat Fancy, January, 2013.
    The PURINA® Cat Chow® Nutrition Award, sponsored by Purina, is presented to the best column or article (print or professionally published online), blog, or book entry on the subject of feline nutrition. The winner is Fran Pennock Shaw for “No Two Alike,” Cat Fancy, September, 2013.
  • Terry Albert announces the release of her fourth book, Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month, Alpha Books, Dec. 2012.
  • Deb M. Eldredge, DVM announces that her book The Ultimate Guide to Rally-O is a finalist in USA Best Books 2012 awards, in Sports: General
  • Sheila Webster Boneham announces the release of her new mystery novel, Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012, ISBN 978-0738733067, eBooks also available).
  • Barbara Florio Graham has been interviewed several times about her role as Managing Editor and a contributor to the Canadian anthology, Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List. In one radio interview she's asked about her famous cat, Simon Teakettle, who "owns" the website, Listen to the interview at:
  • Linda Rehkopf announces the release of her second book, Bernese Mountain Dog; The Essential Guide for the Bernese Mountain Dog Lover (T.F.H. Publications) February 1, 2012. The author's work includes DogLife: Labrador Retriever (T.F.H., 2010), winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best pet/animal book by the Independent Book Publishers Association. 
  • Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant recently became a member of's advisory board. Petside is a reliable resource of information pertaining to the health, behavior, lifestyles and trends of resident pets and their people.

    The San Francisco Chronicle just published a feature article about Marilyn Krieger as well.
  • In the 2011Cat Writers' Association Communications Contest, Ramona Marek's entry "History 401, 402 & 403" won a Certificate of Excellence in the category VII.6 - Online Column. The three articles are part of Cat College Session 400 at The titles are: History 401: Cat Domestication - Fertile Crescent to Mediterranean, History 402: Persian Lion - Royal Symbol of Power, History 403: The Cat in Ancient Egypt
  • Deb M. Eldredge, DVM announces the release of her latest book, Animal Planet Dogs 101: West Highland White Terrier (TFH Publications, 2012). This is a wonderful guide for fanciers new to the breed and anyone interested in Westies.
  • Kate Eldredge is a finalist in the Dog Writers Association of America Contest in the category National Club Regular Column for her column "Rally" - USASA Australian Shepherd Journal.
  • Darlene Arden's book The Complete Cat's Meow won the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion for Best General Health and Care Book
  • Quick Clicks 2nd edition, by Cheryl S. Smith (Dogwise, 2010) won the Pinnacle Award from PET AGE magazine.
  • Terry Albert announces the release of Animal Planet Dogs 101: Boxer in February, 2012 (TFH Publications). Her first book for this series, Animal Planet Dogs 101: Labrador Retriever was released in September, 2011.
  • Deb M. Eldredge, DVM is a finalist in four categories in the Dog Writers Association of America contest. And in one category for the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers contest.
  • Deb M. Eldredge, DVM was greatly honored to be the recipient of the 2011 Amy Shojai Mentor Award from the Cat Writers Association.

    The SHOJAI MENTOR AWARD, sponsored by past-president Amy D. Shojai, recognizes the CWA member who has offered guidance, encouraging counsel, support, or other help that has had a direct and positive influence on another's writing/publishing success. The recipient exemplifies the highest ideals of the CWA vision, that is, to promote communal support, networking, and mutual respect between colleagues. Only CWA members are eligible for this award. This award consists of $500 and a commemorative item.