PAWlitzer Prize™ for Best Dogged LITTERature in Drama and Humor

Carmel Dog Tales Presents…

America’s 1st Annual PAWlitzer Prize™ for Best Dogged LITTERature.

Our Judges have made their decisions. And the Winners are:

In Drama: Susan Hartzler, with her story, “Disciples of God”

In Humor: Bonnie Folster, with her story, “The Man in My Life”

Honorable Mention in Drama:

Laura Lamar, “MeMe is Here”
Jill Hedgecock, “Time for Mandy”

Honorable Mention in Humor:

Barbara Rady Kazdan, “Sweet Lady and Me”
Kristine Jepsen, “Old Dogs Walking”

Winning stories will be published here after the Awards Celebration, Oct 14.

We invite everyone to attend the PAWlitzer Prize Awards Celebration in Carmel, California, October 14

  • Beginning at 1 pm Rev Amber Sturgess will offer personal blessings to all dogs in attendance accompanied by their on-leash humans.
  • The afternoon celebration will include a musical tribute to our Best Furry Friends Forever, wine tasting, food, treats, laughs, fun, friends, and ear scratches for all blue bloods, mixed breeds and mutts – canine and human!

Come and join the pack!  Saturday, Oct 14, 1 pm, All Saints Garden, Dolores and 9th, Carmel, California.

Book Special PAWlitzer Prize Hotel Rooms Rates

All hotels are pet-friendly and an easy walk to the event venue in Carmel.
Be sure to mention you’ll be here for the PAWlitzer Event.

Contact Suzanne at Carmel Area Reservation Service 

Call or Text: 831-372-5000

Awards & Prizes

In addition to receiving our PAWlitzer Prize Golden Paw Award, created by Award-winning “Master of the Fine Art of Fun”, Will Bullas, winners in both Drama and Humor categories will receive:

  • Luxury pooch-preferred accommodation in Carmel, Friday and Saturday nights
  • Wine tasting and gourmet dinners at Carmel’s most pooch praiseworthy bistros
  • A custom photo shoot on Carmel Beach,
  • Spa and grooming for your pooch, (you can fix your own hair!)
  • One-of-a-kind Golden Paw jewelry created just for our PAWlitzer Prize winners!
  • And their stories will be published on the Carmel Dog Tales website for the world to enjoy!

Our panel of Judges include: Scott Delucchi, CEO of SPCA for Monterey County, Merrianne Burch, CEO of Birchbark Foundation, Jenny MacMurdo, CEO of Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Beth Rosenblum, MLIS, Reference Librarian at Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel, and Will Bullas, Award-winning Artist, Master of the Fine Art of Fun.

Submission Guidelines, Deadlines, Fees

What to Submit

  • PAWlitzer Prize – Drama and Humor categories: Stories must be original unpublished non-fiction and may not exceed 750 words in length.  Our Submission Form will also include a place for a brief bio of your writing history.
  • PAWetry Slam – To be invited to perform at the Awards Celebration in Carmel, October 14, 2017, all PAWetry Slam submissions must be in the form of a YouTube video – no longer than 2 minutes.

Deadlines & Entry Fees

  • PAWlitzer Prize – Entry fee is $10 for each story submitted to CDT by September 10, 2017.  PAWlitzer Prize Winners in Drama and Humor will be notified on or before September 17th.
  • PAWetry Slam – Entry Fee is $10 for each video submitted to CDT by September 10, 2017. Ten finalists invited to perform at the Awards Ceremony will be notified on or before September 17, 2017.

Attendance Requirements

  • PAWlitzer Prize Winners, one for Drama and one for Humor, are required to attend the Awards ceremony in Carmel, California, October 14, 2017, to receive their Golden Paw Award and all gifts!

Have any questions? Email us at:

Submission Form

All PAWlitzer Prize entrants agree that their work may appear on the Carmel Dog Tales website and/or other national print or digital media as needed. PAWetry Slam entrants agree to have their videos posted on CDT website and/or Facebook and other digital media as needed.

100% of the net proceeds from the PAWlitzer Prize and PAWetry Slam entries and Awards Ceremony will benefit the SPCA for Monterey County,  and The Birchbark Foundation.

The SPCA for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. Online at

The Birchbark Foundation offers assistance grants to financially qualified animal owners in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, who are unable to cover some or all of the cost of their pet’s medical care.

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