I-5 Publishing’s Family of Print and Online Publications Are Recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America

Dogster.com and Rescue Proud and Dog Fancy Presented with 2014 DWAA Awards for Excellence in Writing with Catster.com and Ready, Set Rescue among the nominees.

Irvine, CA, February 21, 2015 --(PR.com)-- I-5 Publishing, the leading voice in pet publishing, has added more accolades to an already successful year of print and online accomplishments. The pet publishing powerhouse recently won five Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awards out of ten nominations. The 2014 DWAA award ceremony took place at the annual awards banquet on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York.

The Maxwell Medallion is awarded to the winning entry in each of the 48 categories at the DWAA banquet, which is held every February prior to Westminster Kennel Club dog shows. Sponsors donate cash prizes to other entries in special categories. Named after former DWAA president Maxwell Riddle who helped formed the organization in 1935, the Maxwell is a longstanding tradition.

“I-5 Publishing is honored to be recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America,” says I-5 Publishing CEO and founder Mark Harris. “We publish hundreds of special interest publications every year, but it’s our pet titles that are at the heart and soul of I-5 Publishing. Living better lives for our family, our community and our pets is who we are and why we are extremely proud to be presented with so many 2014 DWAA awards and nominations.”

I-5 Publishing’s list of 2014 DWAA Winners:

Article – Behavior and Training:
· Dusty Rainbolt, “When is it Time to Say Goodbye to Your Dog?” (Dogster.com)

Magazines – Article or Column:
· Anna O’Brien, D.V.M., “5 Subtle Signs of Stress” (Dog Fancy)

Magazines – Article or Column (Rescue):
· Diana Laverdure, “The Legacy of Lucas” (Rescue Proud)

Magazines – All Breed:
· Dog Fancy

Online Articles – Rescue:
· Dusty Rainbolt, “10 Reasons to Foster a Shelter Dog” (Dogster.com)

I-5 Publishing’s 2014 DWAA list of nominations:
Magazines – Special Interest or Annual:
· Ready, Set, Rescue – Jackie Brown, Editor
· Rescue Proud – Jackie Brown, Editor

Magazines – Article or Column (Rescue):
· Lynn M. Hayner, “No-Kill Nation” (Rescue Proud)
· Meredith Wargo, “A Giving Network” (Rescue Proud)

Online Articles – Any Other Topic:
· Caroline Coile, “Whatever Happened to Balto?” (Dogster.com)

· Dusty Rainbolt, “Farewell to the Colonel” (Catster.com)

"Every year the DWAA Writing Competition draws hundreds of entries from dedicated dog writers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe,” says Competition Chairperson Elaine Gewirtz. “Through fiction and nonfiction, poetry and photographs, and online and print, writers tell stories about the dogs that change our lives. Our contest pays homage to these canine communicators and represents the tales that truly tug at our hearts.”

The DWWA award winners are judged by a select-DWAA contest committee. This year’s competition period ran from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014. The winners in each category were announced at the awards ceremony immediately following the banquet on February 15, 2015.

“Our commitment to pet owners and the pets they love is what keeps us striving for excellence in all we do,” adds Harris. “Every nomination or award we receive is not only a win for us but a win for our readers and their animal companions.”

To learn more about the Dog Writers Association of America and their awards banquet, visit their website at http://dogwriters.org. For a complete list of the DWAA award nominees and winners, visit their awards page.

About I-5 Publishing LLC
I-5 Publishing is the leading provider of multi-platform content for special interest communities and brands. I-5 is the only truly full-service publishing services organization – offering brands a complete solution from generation of content to preparation for all platforms to distribution to mass market and specialty retailers and into consumers’ homes. I-5 Publishing was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Lexington, Ky., Shelton, Conn. and Metuchen, N.J.

For more information or interviews with the nominees, contact:
Lisa MacDonald, Marketing Director
949-855-8822, ext.3345
I-5 Publishing
Lisa MacDonald