Market Spotlight: Civilized Beasts – a poetry anthology

Furry markets for poetry tend to be few and far between, but a new furry-based poetry anthology has just opened for submissions. Civilized Beasts, a charity anthology, is seeking animal-related poetry of all forms, styles, and lengths.

The anthology will be published by Weasel Press, and all proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit Wildlife Conservation Society.

Full guidelines are below. If you have any questions, please contact the editors at the email address listed.

Theme: Animals
Sub-theme: Outside observation of animals, in the mind of animals, symbolism of animals*
Rating: GA
Line Count: Unlimited**
Publisher: Weasel Press
Payment: A copy of the book.  All profit will be donated to charity.
Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society.
Editors: Altivo and Munchkin.  GeorgeSquares, Lunostophiles, and Televassi have volunteered to help.
Submit To:

Guidelines: Size 12 Courier font, .pdf, .doc, .docx. Please include the name of the poem(s) in the subject line. If you are doing anything purposefully different in spelling, punctuation, format, etc. for artistic reasons, please be sure to list them in the body of the email.

Deadline: October 1, 2015 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.  Thank you, and good luck!

*The first includes fandom observations, though including fandom-related material is still up for debate.  The last allows for works about sonas, totem animals, spirit animals, etc.  This is assuming we get enough of each variety to warrant the break-up.
*If you send in a short poem, please send in a few so they can be bundled together.  We will be hyper-critical of longer poems since we only have so much room to work with.

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 Submissions must be unpublished (though having been previously posted to FA, SoFurry, or Weasyl is okay).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:



Guidelines for guest blog posts

The FWG blog is now open to guest blog posts from members! We’re looking for posts on any aspect of the writing process or the writing life, aimed at any skill/experience level of writer. This can be anything from a straightforward how-to article on craft to something more like a personal/inspirational essay (maybe on an author or work who influenced you, or some meaningful experience you’ve had related to writing in general or writing furry fiction). Topics can be specific to furry writers’ concerns, but they don’t have to be. We’re also open to posts from editors’ perspectives and to interviews of writers, publishers, and editors within the fandom. The specifics:

  • Submissions accepted from current FWG members (writers and associates) only.
  • Length: Open, but 500-1000 words preferred. (Also open to series of posts.)
  • Please include a title for the post.
  • Content should be appropriate for all audiences.
  • Reprints are fine (please provide the link to where they originally appeared).
  • Send submissions in online format (blank line between paragraphs, no indents). One space after periods, please. You can send as .txt, .rtf, or .doc, or in the body of the email.
  • Send to furwritersguild (at), subject line Blog Submission.
  • Response time: Generally within 1-2 weeks. After a month, query.
  • Your blog post will include a link to your page in the Member Directory, so you may want to make sure your bio there is up to date before submitting. (Email updated bios to furwritersguild (at)

We try to post 2 guest posts per month, on the 10th and 20th, depending on the number of suitable submissions received. Any questions, comment here or email us at furwritersguild (at)