FWG Monthly Newsletter: June 2021

Another month of the year has passed by. This month was Pride Month, and I hope people enjoyed reading the Pride Month Spotlights that were featured over the last few weeks. The Furry Writers’ Guild is blessed with so many members who identify as LGBTQ+, so in truth there could have been any number of people interviewed. We at the guild encourage everyone to continue supporting LGBTQ+ people and causes.

For this month’s newsletter, there will be three main topics to cover.
– The Leo Awards winners.
– Open anthology markets.
– Book promotion opportunities.

The Leo Awards are run by the Furry Book Review. They are a little different to other awards as there is never one single winner of each category. Instead, the awards seek to honour and highlight all exceptional furry fiction. As a consequence of this, all nominations that pass a benchmark score across a panel of judges is considered a winner of the award. This can be shared amongst the entire field of nominations, if all are considered worthy. (Note: I was one of the judges for this year’s awards, which were judged in March/April.)

The winners for the 2020 Leo Awards were as follows:


Disbanded, by Frances Pauli

Entanglement Boundby Mary E. Lowd

Qoholeth + Gallery Exhibitionby Madison Scott-Clary

Fox Spirit: A Two-Tailed Adventure, by Amy Clare Fontaine

Whip and Boot, by Herr Wozzeck

Ritual of the Ancientsby Ian Madison Keller

Symphony of Hunted Truthsby Leilani Wilson


What Makes a Witch, by Linnea Capps

Rightful Salvageby Frances Pauli

Spin the Bottle, by Dajan Tafari


Difursity, by Weasel

Selections of Anthropomorphic Regalements, vol. 1, by KC Alpinus

Sensory De-tails, by Thurston Howl

Burnt Furby Ken MacGregor

OhMurrby Weasel

The Haunted Denby Tarl “Voice” Hoch and Thurston Howl

The Electric Sewer, by Thurston Howl

Short Stories

“The Battler” by Cedric G! Bacon in Even Furries Hate Nazis

“The Fire in Her Claws” by Mary E. Lowd in Daily Science Fiction

“Paths” by Kyell Gold in Sensory De-tails

“Water” by Utunu in The Voice of Dog

“Summer Strawberries” by Mary E. Lowd in The Voice of Dog

“Loving You is Wrong” by NightEyes Dayspring in The Voice of Dog

“Ember in the Night” by BanWynn Oakshadow in SPECIES: Wildcats

“Sharp” by Thurston Howl in Electric Sewer

“Keep Breathing” by Karter Mycroft in Zooscape

“Too Much Play” by TJ Minde in Give Yourself a Hand

“The Pine Lesson” by Ian Madison Keller in Ironclaw: Book of Legends

“These Are the Days of Our Lives” by Weasel in Sensory De-tails


“On Meeting My First Fur” by Chazz Chitwood in Furry Slut


“Furry Erotica and Pornography: Art, Sex, and the Self” by Katav in From Paw to Print

From Paw to Print, compiled by Thurston Howl

Book Covers

Disbanded, by Ilya Royz

Once Broken, by Nomax

Selections of Anthropomorphic Regalements, vol. 1by Jonas Jödicke

When a Cat Loves a Dog, by Idess

Furry Slut, by Jessica Hart

Fox Spirit: A Two-Tailed Adventure, by Paola Tuazon

Purrgatorio, by Joseph Chou

Please support these wonderful writers by clicking through the links and buying what stands out to you. Trust me, they are all deserved winners!
Nominations are also open for the 2021 Leo Awards.

As always, the Furry Writers Market is the go-to place to find out which markets are currently open for submissions. Here is a quick rundown of the open calls.

The Furry Writers’ Guild is also looking for books to promote.
If you are a guild member who has a book release coming up, then please get in contact with us so that we can help share this news through our social media outlets. We will be keeping an eye out for new books ourselves, but if you don’t want us to miss it, send us an email or message and we can make a note of it.

For now, we will only promote self-published books if they are from a guild member. All books through a publisher will be considered. This scope may well change in the future, so keep checking back to our social media feeds and blog posts for more information.

The second half of 2021 is upon us. Things may not have been easy so far this year, but hopefully the next six months will see a gradual return to a better normal.
Keep writing, keep reading. Make it all furry!

J.F.R. Coates