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!
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.