The DWAA Awards (The Dog Writer's Association of America)

Established in 1935, the Dog Writers Association of America encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs ~ showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond. We recognize many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers have joined our ranks and we include mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians. We have members who host national radio shows and others who appear on TV programs. Blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.

The Award is named after Maxwell who worked for 35 years for the Cleveland Press as a feature writer and reporter. His syndicated dog column ran for 30 years. He was a past President of the DWAA and wrote a column for Dog World for 50 years. He was an AKC Dog Judge and judged in Japan, South America, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and all over Europe. He was the founder of the Ravenna Kennel Club and had been their President for 47 years. He was known in his day as the greatest authority on dogs and wrote many books on puppy training and various other dog subjects. He was known all over the world as a dog expert.

A panel of three judges not affiliated with DWAA judges each entry. A composite of the judges' scores is determined for each of the nominees and winners. Nominees in the regular categories will receive certificates; winners will also receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of the late Maxwell Riddle.