Cóyotl Awards – Last week for nominations!

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A reminder to FWG members (writers and associates) that there’s just a week left to submit your nominations for the 2015 Cóyotl Awards.

The nomination form can be found at:


If you need a refresher on works published in 2015, see the 2015 Recommended Reading thread in the forums.

Nominations for the 2015 awards are open through Thursday, March 31.


FWG Events at Further Confusion 2016

Just a reminder for those of you headed to Further Confusion this weekend that there are two FWG-sponsored panels on the schedule:

Furry Writers’ Guild Reading
Friday, January 15, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Hilton: Santa Clara
(Members: If interested in participating in the reading, please contact Mary E. Lowd.)
The Furry Writers’ Guild has a wide range of members who write in all different styles. Come listen to members of the FWG read from their work.

Furry Writers’ Guild Meet & Greet
Friday, January 15, 9:30 – 11:00 PM
Marriott: Almaden
The Furry Writers’ Guild exists to support and connect members of the furry writing community. Come meet other writers and talk about the future of furry writing. Open to all — both members and newcomers!

Thanks to Mary E. Lowd and Chipotle for hosting the events!

RAWR 2016: A workshop for furry writers

rawr logoFurry writers now have their own five-day workshop, the Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat (RAWR), to be held in the California Bay Area in January 2016 (ending on the first day of Further Confusion).

From their website:

Come spend five days writing and critiquing stories with other furry writers from across the world! The workshop will be led by Kyell Gold and may feature special lectures from other published furry writers.

This is a great opportunity for you to meet and bond with a small group of other writers in the fandom, a relationship that can continue beyond the workshop for years to come.

Welcome to an intense, thoughtful, enjoyable visit. We hope to see you there!

. . .

During the five-day workshop, you will read and critique your fellow workshoppers’ stories, write and edit your own, and have some time to talk one on one with the workshop leaders about your goals and challenges in writing. The workshop also includes instructional sessions from experienced guest writers (subject to availability).

RAWR 2016 will be limited to 6 participants. The application deadline is October 5, and the application, as well as more information about lodging, travel, and cost of the workshop, can be found on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter at @RAWRWorkshop, and there’s a thread on our forums where the organizers are answering questions.

Chat with a Big Five production editor this Saturday, July 25!

Mark your calendars and set your alarms! Thanks to one of our members, we’re going to be having a special chat in our forums this Saturday, July 25, at 6 PM Eastern with Jennifer Tait, a senior production editor at one of the Big Five publishers.

As a senior production editor, Ms. Tait deals with the book after it’s been accepted, so she doesn’t have anything to do with reviewing submissions. That said, this is a great opportunity to get a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the traditional publishing world and the aspects of the publishing process that she handles, and I’m very grateful that she’s agreed to come chat with us.

Many thanks to FWG member Bill “Greyflank” Kieffer for suggesting and arranging this. I’m hoping this will be the first of many guest chats we’ll have in future months and years.

Again, the chat will be Saturday, July 25 at 6 PM Eastern, in the forum shoutbox as usual. (If you’re not registered on the forums, you’ll need to register in order to see the shoutbox.) With Ms. Tait’s permission, I’ll also see about posting a transcript in the forums afterward, for the benefit of those who aren’t able to be on at the time. And if you can’t be there and want to leave a question for her, you can ask it here.

See you in the shoutbox on Saturday!

Cóyotl Awards reminder and links to nominees

Just a reminder that voting for the Cóyotl Awards closes in just over a month now, on August 15. If you haven’t read all the nominated works, here are links to check them out. (Please note that some of these may be accessible only to FWG members who are registered on our forums.)

Best Novel

The Bees by Laline Paull (purchase link)

Bête by Adam Roberts (purchase link)

Off the Beaten Path by Rukis (free to read on FA)

Best Novella

Going Concerns by Watts Martin (free to read on website)

Huntress by Renee Carter Hall (downloadable files)

The Mysterious Affair of Giles by Kyell Gold (downloadable files)

Best Short Story

Cold Scent by Alice Dryden (free to read online)

Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (free to read online)

Pavlov’s House by Malcolm Cross (free to read online)

Best Anthology

Abandoned Places edited by Tarl “Voice” Hoch (purchase link)

Tales from the Guild:  Music to Your Ears edited by AnthroAquatic (purchase link)


Again, voting closes August 15 and can be done at the Cóyotl Awards website.

2014 Cóyotl Award Nominees

The ballot has been announced, and voting for the 2014 Cóyotl Awards is now open! Votes will be accepted through Saturday, August 15.

Congratulations to all the 2014 nominees:

Best Novel
The Bees by Laline Paull
Bête by Adam Roberts
Off the Beaten Path by Rukis

Best Novella
Going Concerns by Watts Martin
Huntress by Renee Carter Hall
The Mysterious Affair of Giles by Kyell Gold

Best Short Story
Cold Scent by Alice Dryden
Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
Pavlov’s House by Malcolm Cross

Best Anthology
Abandoned Places edited by Tarl “Voice” Hoch
Tales from the Guild:  Music to Your Ears edited by AnthroAquatic

Vote here.

See lists of previous winners.


Calling all furry poets!

There aren’t all that many open calls for poetry among the fandom’s publications, so I thought this deserved an announcement of its own. [adjective][species] is currently seeking animal- or furry-themed poetry to publish on their site, and they’re open to poetry submissions through the end of this month. Submissions must be unpublished (though having been previously posted to FA, SoFurry, or Weasyl is okay).

You can find all the details here:




Cóyotl Award winners announced

The Cóyotl Awards ceremony was held last night at Rainfurrest. Congratulations to all the winners!

2012 winners:
(Full list of nominees at http://coyotlawards.org/2012-2/)

Best Novel: By Sword and Star by Renee Carter Hall
Best Novella: Reach for the Sky (The Battle of Britain – a novel of Lt. Corn Book 1) by Vixyy Fox
Best Short Story: “Chasing the Spotlight” by Tim Susman (published in ROAR Volume 4)

2013 winners:
(Full list of nominees at http://coyotlawards.org/2013-2/)

Best Novel: God of Clay by Ryan Campbell
Best Novella: Indigo Rain by Watts Martin
Best Short Story: “Fox in the Hen House” by Mary E. Lowd (published in Dancing in the Moonlight)
Best Anthology: Hot Dish #1 edited by Alopex

And if you’ve read something great so far this year that you think members should take a look at for the 2014 awards, come tell us about it in this thread:



Cóyotl Awards ceremony at Rainfurrest

Just a reminder for those of you headed to Rainfurrest this weekend that the Cóyotl Awards ceremony will be held Friday night at 7 PM, where winners will be announced for 2012 and 2013. (And for those of you getting to the con on Thursday, there’s also going to be an FWG meet Thursday night at 7 PM – all are welcome, so come find out more about who we are and what we do, and just get a chance to hang out with other writers.)

Thanks to Mary E. Lowd for hosting both events!