Local publisher Cat & Mouse Press wins state contest awards

March 11, 2021

Cat & Mouse Press, a small independent publisher based in Lewes, announced two of its books won first-place awards in the 2021 Delaware Press Association Communication Contest.

The annual contest, open to professional communicators in Delaware and nearby communities, encourages and rewards excellence in communication. Entries are judged by out-of-state communications professionals to ensure impartiality. The first-place entries will now be eligible for national-level honors through the National Federation of Press Women. Cat & Mouse Press is known for its high-quality beach reads, which feature stories set in the Delmarva region.

“Sandy Paws,” a collection of short stories and light verse about dogs and cats at the beach, won a first-place award for editor Nancy Sakaduski and associate editor Nancy Powichroski Sherman. The book includes stories about a cat who thinks he’s a dog, a dog who thinks she’s royalty, and people who are variously amused, confused, and consoled by their pets. The stories are set in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany Beach and more seaside Delmarva towns.

“Beach Mysteries,” an anthology that features works by winners of the 2020 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, received a first-place award for Collection of Short Stories by Multiple Authors. The book includes stories that deal with hit men, ghosts and crime solvers, and involve finding long-lost treasure, encountering figures from the past, and sympathizing with tourists in distress.

“We are thrilled to see our publications continue to win awards,” said Nancy Sakaduski, owner of Cat & Mouse Press. “We do our best to publish entertaining and engaging local beach stories that delight area residents and visitors.”

The books are available through local bookstores or can be ordered directly from Cat & Mouse Press at

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