Furry Writers' Guild
|Furry Writers' Guild|
drawn by Frank LeRenard
|Author(s)|| Manager: Sean Rivercritic|
Founder: Sean Silva
|Launch date||April 26, 2010|
The Furry Writers' Guild is a furry writers' association with the aim of bringing writers of all levels of skill and ability together to help improve the quality of furry anthropomorphic fiction. Founded in April 2010 by Sean Silva, the Guild aspires to facilitate community building and information sharing between writers and readers of furry literature alike.
In September 2013, leadership of the guild passed to Sean Rivercritic, who brought in new forums and developed what is intended to be an ongoing anthology of guild-members' work, Tales from the Guild. In May 2014, he announced that he would not compete in the upcoming elections due to personal time constraints. Poetigress subsequently became president of the guild, deploying a new Wordpress-hosted website.
The purpose of the Furry Writers' Guild is to support, inform, elevate and promote quality writing and writers of anthropomorphic fiction. They host the Cóyotl Awards, an annual juried award for "excellence in anthropomorphic literature", created in 2012. Voting for the 2013 awards is intended to take place in July 2014 during nominations for the 2014 awards, with both to be run by Mary E. Lowd.
At the core of the Guild is its website, which aims to bring together people and resources and organize them into a cohesive whole. It collects useful links and information from throughout the internet and the furry fandom, including various writing resources, articles, distributors and publishers of anthropomorphic related literature, and an up-to-date Furry Writer's Market listing many publishing opportunities throughout the community.
Fur Affinity group
On January 31, 2011, a group was formed on Fur Affinity for Guild members, aspiring members, and other interested parties. Anyone may freely watch the group, and by doing so, automatically receive updates of new publishing venues and other news to their Fur Affinity inbox. Guild members are also authorized to post the Guild icon on their Fur Affinity profile page.
Although the web site and forums are open to all, full membership in the Guild is only available to writers who have met certain criteria for publication. Associate membership is offered on a case-by-case basis to "specific individuals who have made key contributions in the field of anthropomorphic fiction (such as editors and publishers)".
Membership in the Guild is free, but requires a writer to meet simple publishing criteria. Presently the available options are to either have at least one published entry in a paying venue, or two published works in non-paying venues. In either case, the written work must have anthropomorphic characters or themes. The publication venues themselves do not have to be inside the furry fandom, so long as the published work itself is appropriate.
Membership provides access to a members-only section within the forum as well as providing announcements and advertisements for upcoming projects and publications through the website. It also provides recognition to its member authors and offers them a way to use their talents to improve furry fiction for everyone.
The current officers for the Furry Writers' Guild are:
The previous presidents of the Furry Writers' Guild were Sean Silva, Sean Rivercritic, Poetigress, and Watts Martin.
Members of the guild as of June 2014 include:
- Sean Rivercritic - Withdrawing from the FWG Election - Furry Writer's Guild journal, Fur Affinity (10 May 2014)
- FWG presidency announcement - Poetigress, Furry Writers' Guild forums (27 May 2014)
- New website is live! - Poetigress, Furry Writers' Guild forums (28 June 2014)
- Guest of Honor Announcement - Furry Migration Twitter
- Mission Statement - Sean Silva, Furry Writers' Guild (27 April 2010)
- The 2013 and 2014 Cóyotl Awards - Poetigress, Furry Writers' Guild forums (11 June 2014)
- Join the Guild - Furry Writers' Guild
- Join The Guild - Sean Silva, Guild Membership Criteria (4 May 2010)
- Furry Writers' Guild Announcement - Poetigress, Furry Writers journal (3 June 2010)
- "FurAffinity user page" - FurAffinity