Guild members are eligible to nominate works in four categories (short stories, novellas, novels, and anthologies). Comics and graphic novels may also be eligible, based on word count. Membership in the guild is not required for a work to be nominated. Self-published works are eligible. Members may not nominate work with which they have a monetary, editorial, or domestic interest. The top four works nominated in each category, and any tying with them, are then presented to Guild members for the final vote.
The award is presided over by the Cóyotl Awards Chair, who has the authority to interpret the rules and determine the eligibility of a work, including "questionable works".
In the Award's first year, General Short Story had five nominees due to a tie; Mature Short Story and Mature Novel also had a full slate of nominees. Conversely, Mature Novella had only one nominee - which won by default - and General Novella and General Novel just two each. (Note: In some announcements, the 2011 Awards were referred to as the 2012 Awards, as they were awarded in 2012. It was later decided that the year should indicate year of release of the works in question, and the original 2012 awards were retroactively re-designated the 2011 awards).
- General Short Story: "The Canoe Race", by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd
- Mature Short Story: "Best of Breed", by Renee Carter Hall
- General Novella: Real Dragons Don’t Wear Sweaters, by Renee Carter Hall
- Mature Novella: Science Friction, by Kyell Gold
- General Novel: Inchoate Carillon, Inconstant Cucold, by Charles Matthias
- Mature Novel: Sixes Wild: Manifest Destiny, by Tempe O'Kun
There was no effort made to select Cóyotl Awards during 2013, but when discussion of them resumed in 2014, it was decided to nominate and vote on winners from among works released in 2012. The consensus of the guild was to drop the General and Mature as separate categories.
- 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
The 2013 winners were chosen only a few weeks after the 2012 winners. The Best Anthology category was added.
- 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
- Best Anthology: Hot Dish #1 edited by Alopex
Nominees have been announced for the 2014 awards. Voting runs until August 15, 2015.
- Furry authors' picks: the 2012 Cóyotl Award winners - GreenReaper, Flayrah (18 October 2012)
- The 2011 Cóyotl Awards
- The 2012 Cóyotl Awards
- The 2013 Cóyotl Awards
- Ballot announced! Voting open!
- The Cóyotl Awards official webpage