FWG Monthly Newsletter: July 2022

Sorry we’re a bit late this month – July has really snuck up on me, as it seems to have done for a lot of people. Quite suddenly, we’re more than halfway through 2022.

Of course, as 2022 progresses, that means we’re moving closer to Furry Book Month in October, and that brings with it Oxfurred Comma. We’re not yet in a position to announce more details, but I can promise that everyone’s favourite furry online writing convention will be back for a third edition! Check out this blog and our social media feeds for all the information as it comes.

And speaking of Oxfurred Comma, the free ebook from the flash fiction contest in 2021 is coming soon. Details will be down in the upcoming releases section.

This week brings about a sorrowful anniversary to the furry writing community. This time last year we sadly lost Dwale, a former guild president and a shining light amongst the guild. Dwale was a mentor to many, and a friend to all. We sadly miss its presence.
Dwale’s final work will soon be coming out, after publication was agreed before its passing – we don’t yet have any details on the release, but we will be sure to share what will be a bittersweet event, as Dwale was most proud about this unreleased story as any other.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
Furry/Lovecraftian/Erotic/University Themed Anthology – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Temporarily closed for submissions. Reoccurring submission windows.

Please also consider checking out some of the new and upcoming releases from our members.

Winter Without End, by Casimir Laski. Released Early June 2022.

Felis Futura: An Anthology of Future Cats. Released June 6th 2022. Featuring short stories from multiple FWG members.

Red Pandamonium, by Roan Rosser. Released June 13th 2022.

Jiao Tu’s Endeavour, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt. Released June 16th 2022.

Roar Volume 11, Edited by Ian Madison Keller. Released at Anthrocon 2022.

Opinicus: Gryphon Insurrection 7, by K. Vale Nagle. Released July 1st 2022.

Unfinished Business, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released July 5th 2022.

Oxfurred Comma Flash Fiction Contest, edited by J.F.R. Coates. Released July 7th 2022.

A Drop In The Motion, by Dwale. Released July 16th.

Nevi’im, by Madison Scott-Clary. Available for pre-order. Released July 21st.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released July 26th (Date changed from May 24th 2022.)

Royal Red, by K.C. Shaw. Released July 27th.

Pirating Pups, edited by Rhonda Parrish. Featuring a short story from FWG member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released August 9th

As always, if there is a story or anthology opening you feel should be shared, please get in contact with us and we can have them added to the list.

Please do check back on this blog and on our twitter feed for updates on Dwale’s final work, and on announcements for Oxfurred Comma.

Until next time, stay safe and keep writing.
J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: June 2022

Hello, it’s me again!

I am delighted to be taking on my second term as president of the Furry Writers’ Guild. I have a few things in mind that I would like to implement during this term, including an improved member directory that would better allow authors to showcase their work, and for readers to better search for the genres and themes they want. The guild is also moving towards the final stages of becoming an official non-profit organisation, which will open up new opportunities for what the guild can provide as a service. Watch this space for some exciting updates to come over the next year!

If any guild member has some suggestions for what they would like to see from the guild, I am always happy to receive emails and messages on your thoughts.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
Furry/Lovecraftian/Erotic/University Themed Anthology – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Temporarily closed for submissions. Reoccurring submission windows.

Please also consider checking out some of the new and upcoming releases from our members.

Winter Without End, by Casimir Laski. Available for pre-order. Released Early June 2022.

Red Pandamonium, by Roan Rosser. Available for pre-order. Released June 13th 2022.

Jiao Tu’s Endeavour, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt. Available for pre-order. Released June 16th 2022.

Roar Volume 11, Edited by Ian Madison Keller. Released at Anthrocon 2022.

Opinicus: Gryphon Insurrection 7, by K. Vale Nagle. Available for pre-order. Released July 1st 2022.

Unfinished Business, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released July 5th 2022.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released July 12th (Date changed from May 24th 2022.)

Nevi’im, by Madison Scott-Clary. Available for pre-order. Released July 21st.

Pirating Pups, edited by Rhonda Parrish. Featuring a short story from FWG member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released August 9th.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

ARC Book Giveaway

One of our members, Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, has a new book coming out next month. He has very generously offered digital ARCs of his book to anyone who wishes to read and review this novel before the release date on June 16th.

Check out the blurb to see if you would be interested in requesting an ARC:

On a multigenerational colony ship five hundred years off course, a lagomorph warrior must survive using only his wits and his sword.
Jiao Tu has been hired to rescue a young kidnapped mousling. A tip leads him to the Below, home to the engines that keep the world in motion. His mission has hardly begun when an encounter with a monstrous being plunges him into the midst of a struggle not only for control of the Below but for the world itself.
Teamed with an untested ratling warrior and the ratling leader of a gang of thugs, Jiao Tu must stop the monster and save the mousling—and the world—before it is too late.
Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Leigh Brackett’s planetary romances, Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun, Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane stories, Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and the wuxia tradition starting with Water Margins and Journey to the West, Uitvlugt has created a world all his own that promises a far-future adventure unlike any other.

The author wishes to advise that, in addition to fantasy swordplay, there are scenes that may be considered body horror.

Anyone who wishes an ARC may do so by contacting the Furry Writers Guild by Twitter or Email, or by contacting J.F.R. Coates via Twitter or Telegram.

Anyone who wishes to order Jiao Tu’s Endeavour may do so by clicking this link.

Given this is an ARC Giveaway, it is expected that you only request a copy of this book if you have a realistic chance to provide a review at the book’s release date, or shortly afterwards.

Happy reading!

FWG Monthly Newsletter: May 2022

We’re a little bit late this month as I’m just getting back from FurDU, but we’re back now with another monthly update of guild news! As I have been at a convention all weekend, things will be fairly light, but there are a few important details to cover!

Firstly, we have the Coyotl Awards. These were presented by myself at FurDU, and were livestreamed on the official FurDU Twitch channel. At this stage, I am unsure if the video of this stream will be made available, but we have all the winners below.

Best Novel
Aces High, by J. Daniel Phillips
Bringing Down Upworld, by Kandrel
God of Fire, by Ryan Campbell
Freedom Ring, by Frances Pauli – Winner

Best Novella
The Bee’s Waltz: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel, by Mary E. Lowd
Carnage, by Weasel – Winner
The Lengthy Farewell, by P.C. Hatter
Dark Lane, by P.C. Hatter

Best Short Story
I’m Just Your Stud, by Dirt Coyote. Featured in Voice of Dog
The Squirrelherd and the Sound, by Emmie Christie. Featured in Zooscape 12
Colored In Sepia, by S. Park. Featured in Shark Week: An Ocean Anthology – Winner
Familiar Encounter, by Darius Davis. Featured in Voice of Dog

Best Anthology
Sam Digger: Beaver Detective, by Ian Madison Keller
Shark Week: An Ocean Anthology, Edited by Ian Madison Keller – Winner
A Swordmaster’s Tale, Edited by Tarl “Voice” Hoch
Difursity: Volume 2, Edited by Weasel

Best Other Work
Puplift: A Dog’s Guide to Space, by Tempe O’Kun
Furry Fiction Is Everywhere, by Ian Madison Keller and Mary E. Lowd – Winner

Thank you to all members of the Furry Writers Guild who nominated and voted for the finalists. And, of course, congratulations to the winners. The quality of furry writing is immense right now, so all the finalists should feel proud of their achievements in reaching this list.

The winners for the Leo Awards and the Ursa Majors should be coming in the next month. We will highlight those winners when they are known.

We are also approaching the last few days to announce candidacy for the upcoming guild presidential elections. If you are a guild member and would like to step up to president, or any of the other office positions, then please announce your candidacy on the forums: here. Please get any candidacy posts in before midnight Sunday 8th May. At the moment, I am standing unopposed. Should there be a second candidate, a date will be announced for a vote.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Temporarily closed for submissions. Reoccurring submission windows.

Please also consider checking out some of the new and upcoming releases from our members.

Winter Without End, by Casimir Laski. Available for pre-order. Released Late May 2022.

Red Pandamonium, by Roan Rosser. Available for pre-order. Released June 13th 2022.

Jiao Tu’s Endeavour, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt. Available for pre-order. Released June 16th 2022.

Unfinished Business, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released July 5th 2022.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released July 12th (Date changed from May 24th 2022.)

Pirating Pups, edited by Rhonda Parrish. Featuring a short story from FWG member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released August 9th.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

Depending on election results, this might be my last monthly newsletter. If it is, it has been an honour being president of the Furry Writers Guild for the last twelve months.
Whether it is me again next month, or a new incoming president, stay safe and keep writing.
Please check out the finalists of the Coyotl Awards.

J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: April 2022

No fools, jokes, or misleads here – just another monthly update from the Furry Writers Guild!

In the coming weeks we will start pushing forward with dates and information about the guild elections. If you are considering standing for any of the guild member roles, including president or vice-president, then please make a post of intention in the forums.

The writing awards are drawing closer. The Ursa Major Awards have already closed for voting, with the winners expected to be announced in around one month.

This will also be about when the Coyotl Awards will be announced, with the awards ceremony taking place at FurDU. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 2pm on Saturday 30th April, AEST. This should be 9pm Friday Pacific Time.
There are still two weeks left for voting in the Coyotls, so guild members are encouraged to cast your votes as soon as you can!

March 31st was an important day for a large part of our community. Trans Day of Visibility is a reminder that there are many trans people around the world who still face significant oppression, and deserve to have the spotlight shined on them for some positive exposure. They deserve our support, not just for one day, but all through the year.

Through Twitter, we asked trans furry authors to share their work, with the hope they can reach a larger audience. We hope readers will check out our tweet, and the many replies we received. Your new favourite author might be amongst them!

https://twitter.com/FurWritersGuild/status/1509394666197696523

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

FURVOR #1 – Deadline Around March
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission period.

Please also consider checking out some of the new and upcoming releases from our members.

Scars of the Golden Dancer, by NightEyes DaySpring. Released March 4th.

Knotty Works, by NightEyes DaySpring. Released March 4th.


Aces High, by J. Daniel Phillips. Released March 18th.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released May 24th 2022.

Winter Without End, by Casimir Laski. Available for pre-order. Released Late May 2022.

Red Pandamonium, by Roan Rosser. Available for pre-order. Released June 13th 2022.

Unfinished Business, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released July 5th 2022.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

Please do keep an eye out on our twitter feed for the latest updates and news from the FWG, in particular the upcoming elections and the awards ceremonies.

Until next time.
Keep safe and happy writing.
J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: March 2022

The end of February has proven to be a very scary one for a lot of people. From everyone here at the Furry Writers Guild, we hope everyone is able to stay safe – whether it be from war, the continued pandemic, or natural disasters. We hope that you’re able to escape to your writing if possible, but also know that it’s ok to step back from it all if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Find your solace and peace however you may.

In the furry writing world, March brings us towards the business end of award season. The finalists for the Ursa Major Awards should be announced soon (if not already), and the Coyotl Awards have just two weeks of nominations left. Both of these awards will then be open for voting on the finalists (with the Coyotls being open only to FWG members). We encourage everyone to get involved and vote for your favourites.

March will also see the Furry Writers Guild start preparing for the guild elections in April. Should anyone wish to put themselves forward for any of the guild officer positions, then please do so in the appropriate area of the forums. An election date has not yet been called, so feel free to take a few weeks to weigh up your position and goals should you put yourself forward.
As of this stage, I am unsure whether I will be standing for president again, due to a changed work situation.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

FURVOR #1 – Deadline Around March
Prehistories – Deadline March 31st
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission period.

Please also consider checking out some of the new and upcoming releases from our members.

C.A.T.S.: Cycling Across Time And Space: 11 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Bicycling and Cats – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Released February 8th 2022.

Brothers At Arms, by R.A. Meenan. Released February 14th, 2022.

Scars of the Golden Dancer, by NightEyes DaySpring. Available for pre-order. Released March 4th.

Knotty Works, by NightEyes DaySpring. Available for pre-order. Released March 4th.


Aces High, by J. Daniel Phillips. Available for pre-order. Released March 18th.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released May 24th 2022.

Red Pandamonium, by Roan Rosser. Available for pre-order. Released June 13th 2022.

Unfinished Business, by Tim Susman. Available for pre-order. Released July 5th 2022.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

Once again, we hope everyone is able to stay safe. If you feel comfortable writing, then we hope you can gain some degree of peace and escape from it. If you can’t, please don’t feel guilty that there are higher priorities.

Until next month.
Happy writing and stay safe.
J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: February 2022

February is here, and that brings a couple of important events to the start of the year.

Firstly, in the USA February is considered to be Black History Month. The Furry Writers’ Guild fully supports the push for equality throughout the world, and that includes fair representation in arts and media, including writing spaces. We hope to have a few features through the month to showcase our diverse authors. If this is something you want to be involved in, please get in contact with us.

Secondly, February is also when the Coyotl Awards open for formal nominations. They are not yet open as of posting this newsletter, but they should be before long. All details can be found at the Coyotl Awards website.
Furry Writers’ Guild members may nominate any work published in 2021 (except their own) to the relevant category. The nominee does not need to be an FWG member – just the nominator.
Nominations will be open for about a month and a half. We encourage all guild members to nominate and vote in March.
If you want to nominate some works and think you might be eligible for guild membership, check out the requirements here. You only need to be a member by March 14th to be able to nominate works in time.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

FURVOR #1 – Deadline Around March
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission period.

The start of the year has also been a time where some of our members have had new books released, or have works available for pre-order. We hope you’ll check these out as well.

Toledot, by Madison Scott-Clary. Released January 21st 2022.

C.A.T.S.: Cycling Across Time And Space: 11 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Bicycling and Cats – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released February 8th 2022.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released May 24th 2022.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

We hope that you all have a safe and productive February. We encourage people to seek out those telling the true stories of Black History Month.

Happy writing and stay safe.
J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: January 2022

For many, I’m sure that leaving behind 2021 beings about a good amount of relief. It has been an intense year to say the least, and from everyone here at the Furry Writers Guild, we hope that 2022 brings a lot more positivity and hope.

2021 was a difficult year to maintain goals and targets, with so many other things to worry about. Still, we thought it would be good to look forward to 2022 and reflect on what we plan to achieve with our writing, and to consider what we did manage to complete during 2021. We asked everyone on Twitter to share their writing targets. If you have not already done so, then we encourage people to share what they hope to complete in 2022.

We also asked what your favourite books of the year have been. What have you read to hide away from reality for a little while? Please share that with us as well!

One of our main goals for the early part of the year is to improve the Suggested Reading part of the website. This will hopefully become a more complete list of our members’ works, organised better into genre and themes.

In the previous newsletter we discussed the Furry Book Awards that take place every year. The Ursa Major Awards continue to take entries for their Recommended Reading List, which is their informal early shortlist.
As of today, the Coyotl Awards have also opened for the reading list. You can submit any of your own eligible works for inclusion on this list, with formal nominations opening to guild members in February. The awards will be hosted at FurDU at the end of April.

There are a few ongoing submission calls for short stories, though we have not seen many themed anthology calls at this stage. If you see something that you think can be highlighted by the FWG, then please contact us with information about it!

Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission period (Currently closed until Jan 15th 2022).

Some of our members also had new novels coming out over the Christmas period, or have works available for pre-order. We hope you’ll check these out as well.

Winter Wonders – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Released December 1st 2021.

The Archeons Series Omnibus, by James L. Steele. Released December 2021.

C.A.T.S.: Cycling Across Time And Space: 11 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Bicycling and Cats – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released February 8th 2022.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released May 24th 2022.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

We hope that 2022 brings a new positivity and hope for everyone. We at the FWG look forward to seeing what new writing can come from our members and followers.
Good luck, everyone.

Happy writing and stay safe!
J.F.R. Coates

FWG Monthly Newsletter: December 2021

The end of another year is nearly upon us. 2021 has certainly been a dramatic year, one with just as much uncertainty as the one that preceded it. Hopefully it has also come with a little bit more hope that things just might start improving again for 2022.

As the year comes to an end, many of our authors will be looking forward to the furry writing awards. This is the time of year to consider what you have read over the last 12 months that you really enjoyed and to nominate it when the awards open. Many authors will also provide lists around this time of year of what they have published.

For those who are not aware, the three writing awards are the Ursa Major Awards (currently accepting nominations for the Reading List); the Leo Awards; and the FWG’s own Coyotl Awards.

These awards are a wonderful part of the community, and the Furry Writers’ Guild encourages everyone to get involved where possible. This is our opportunity to celebrate the best our writing community has to offer.

Of course, 2022 will be another year with plenty of fantastic furry fiction produced. You can get a head start on the year by considering the current open short story markets:

Felis Futura – Deadline December 31st
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission period (Currently closed until Jan 15th 2022).

A few of our members have also got some work being released around this time. Recently released stories and pre-orders include:

A Wildness of the Heart: Limerent Object and Other Stories, by Madison Scott-Clary. Released November 1st 2021.

Resistance, by J.F.R. Coates. Released November 5th 2021.

Heretic, by J.F.R. Coates. Released November 5th 2021.

The Bee’s Waltz, by Mary E. Lowd. Released November 7th 2021.

Winter Wonders – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Released December 1st 2021.

The Archeons Series Omnibus, by James L. Steele. Expected December 2021.

C.A.T.S.: Cycling Across Time And Space: 11 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Bicycling and Cats – an anthology featuring guild member Alice Dryden. Available for pre-order. Released February 8th 2022.

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. Available for pre-order. Released May 24th 2022.

As always, any guild members who want to see their upcoming books included in the newsletter, please let us know! We try to keep up to date with everything, but there will always be some things we miss.

As the last scheduled newsletter of the year, it is only left to me to wish everyone a safe and happy conclusion to the year. Happy holidays!

Stay safe. Keep writing.
J.F.R. Coates

Charles Read Academy Library and Furry Titles


We would like to shout out to Huskyteer for helping to organise this.

The Charles Read Academy in the UK was seeking new YA titles for their library, with a particular focus on queer/LGBTQ+ content. Huskyteer helped arrange things with both Goal Publications and FurPlanet to get a number of furry titles included in this library. By all accounts, they have been a great success so far! The school library wasn’t even able to share a picture of all the books because they were being checked out so quickly!

Not only is it a wonderful thing to see a school library actively seek queer books for their library, but it is great to see young readers enjoying reading them as well. Thank you to the staff at Charles Read Academy for doing this, and thank you to Huskyteer for ensuring that furry fiction has been included.

https://twitter.com/CraLibrary/status/1455597392129110017

The furry titles included are:

  • Nexus Nine – Mary E. Lowd
  • The Tower And The Fox – Tim Susman
  • Huntress – Renee Carter Hall
  • Kismet – Watts Martin
  • Koa Of The Drowned Kingdom – Ryan Campbell
  • Beyond Acacia Ridge – Amy Fontaine
  • Of Birds And Branches – Frances Pauli