The Cóyotl Awards is an annual award for "excellence in anthropomorphic literature", run by the Furry Writers' Guild since 2012. Winners are announced at a ceremony held during at RainFurrest (2012, 2014, and 2015) until moving to Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2016 because "Our usual location for the awards ceremony is no longer available".
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".
Winners were announced at a ceremony at RainFurrest 2012. 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
- 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
- Best Novel: Off the Beaten Path by Rukis
- Best Novella: Huntress by Renee Carter Hall
- Best Short Story: Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
- Best Anthology: Abandoned Places edited by Tarl Hoch
The 2015 awards took place at RMFC 2016
- Best Novel: Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen
- Best Novella: Koa of the Drowned Kingdom by Ryan Campbell
- Best Short Story: The Analogue Cat by Huskyteer
- Best Anthology: Inhuman Acts edited by Ocean Tigrox
- Furry authors' picks: the 2012 Cóyotl Award winners - GreenReaper, Flayrah (18 October 2012)
- Awards Ceremony at RMFC! blog post posted 2016 February 24. Retrieved 2016 October 20.
- Nominations for 2015 are OPEN! blog post posted 2016 February 21.
- The 2011 Cóyotl Awards
- The 2012 Cóyotl Awards
- The 2013 Cóyotl Awards
- Cóyotl Awards Double Ceremony blog post posted on 2014 September 29. Retrieved 2016 October 20.
- 2014 Cóyotl Awards Ceremony! blog post posted 2015 September 28. Retrieved 2016 October 20.
- 2015 Cóyotl Awards
- The Cóyotl Awards official webpage