FWG Monthly Newsletter April 2023

We’ve skipped over April Fools and jumped right into the month itself, where we are now deep into the annual Furry Awards Season.
The Ursa Major Awards have now closed for voting, with announcements of the winners expected at the end of the month or early next.
FWG members can still get their votes in for the Coyotl Awards for another couple of weeks – until April 15th.
The Leo Awards currently have the judging panel convening to determine the winners. There is no further public votes for these awards.

The FWG will be sure to share announcements of all the winners for these three awards, so keep your eyes on our socials as well as those for the individual awards to keep up to date with who will be chosen this year.

In case you missed it last month, we announced a revamp of FWG membership profiles, encouraging all members to utilise their profiles better, to give links to works and to make it easier for readers to find out more information about the incredible talent our members have. This is in conjunction with a massive update to the Suggested Reading List. Work on the updated profiles has been completed based on the responses through the form – members who have not yet submitted their profile update form can continue to use the one emailed out in February. If you have already had your profile updated, we prefer that you use the standard profile update form. There are still some updates to be made to the Suggested Reading List, including the Anthology Series.
If you are an FWG member but did not receive the email advising you of these changes, please get in contact with us through the guild email so that we can ensure you are not missed in this update.

We would also like to remind readers and writers alike about the launch of our Patreon page. Through this, we hope to ensure the guild is able to cover its own costs, as well as taking on the costs of the Coyotl Awards, which have previously been taken on by the award chair. This could allow us to expand the impact of the awards, giving us more options in the future to make them bigger and better in all aspects.
We hope that our members will consider the Patreon page as a way to provide voluntary dues in the absence of any regular membership fees, and that readers can use it as a way to benefit furry writing as a whole. We are grateful for any support that is given, and in the future we will look to ways to reward that generosity with more tangible benefits.

April is also the start of the new election campaigns for the major positions in the Furry Writers Guild. Members who wish to announce candidacy for any of the officer positions in the FWG are required to announce their intention to run before April 30th by posting in the relevant thread in the forums.
Should there only be one candidate per position, there will be no election held and the candidates will be elected unopposed.

Not interested in running for a guild officer position? Why not instead consider a story for one of the following open anthology calls:

Paw Anthology – Deadline May 1st
Dog Save The King – Deadline May 19th
Get Wild – Deadline September 1st
This Is Halloween – Deadline When Full
Furry Femdom Erotica – Deadline When Full
F/F No Erotic Anthology – Deadline When Full
Isekai Me! – Deadline When Full
Children Of The Night – Deadline When Full
Furry/Lovecraftian/Erotic/University Themed Anthology – Deadline When Full
Beyond Their Pale – Deadline When Full
#ohmurr! – Deadline: Ongoing
Zooscape – Reoccurring submission windows.

Please also consider picking up one of the following pre-orders or recent releases from our fantastic members:

Rafts, by Utunu. Released March 16th 2023.

Kelpie House, by Frances Pauli. Released March 27th.

A Zookeeper’s Guide To Dating, by Roan Rosser / Ian M. Keller. Released April 4th 2023.

Don’t Ask Me If I’m Okay, by Jessica Kara (Jess E. Owen). Available for pre-order. Released May 16th 2023.

As always, if you are a FWG member and have a new release you would like added, please get in contact!

Please keep an eye on our socials over the next month, as well as the forum to see who will be putting their hand up for the guild leadership positions.

Stay safe and happy writing.
J.F.R. Coates