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Publishing and Marketing / Re: Trans-fur-mation: Tales from transgender furry voices
« Last post by spark on March 21, 2019, 11:40:00 AM »
Oh my.  I think I need to come up with an idea for this one.
I have been given the honour of editing this anthology for Thurston Howl Pub. Please check this out!

Deadline: November 1, 2019
Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

Trans people have not often had a voice. We have been ignored. We have been told by others who and what we are. We have been given a role to play in the world. But rarely have we had the power to make our voices heard – until only fairly recently. This anthology exists to allow the voices of trans individuals within the furry community to tell their stories through the medium of speculative fiction.

Tales that are encouraged should be ones that address or challenge how gender is viewed and can be from any genre; urban slice-of-life, fantasy, science-fiction. Some examples may be: A teenager in school discovers a magical book that transforms them into the body they always imagined they could have. An android in the far future awakens to discover that the body it wears is inexplicably not right. An assassin takes one last big contract so that she can afford enough money to pay for her reassignment surgery. These are our stories. These are our voices. Make them heard.

All story submissions must be "furry" in nature. Please note this is a pro-trans collection and anti-trans stories will not be considered. Erotic stories will be considered but please avoid stories that objectify or fetishize trans individuals.

We will NOT accept:
Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.
Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.
Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light
Bestiality presented in a positive light
If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask than to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).
Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.
We will not accept simultaneous submissions.
Payment: Authors who are accepted will receive $20 for their story and a free copy of the print book.

Full details at
Poetry / Re: Dwale Poetry
« Last post by Vincent Corbeau on March 20, 2019, 12:25:34 PM »
[From Slack]

"Eh, I guess it has decent musicality. And the sentiment seems nice, but the overall effect (at least to me) is a tad underwhelming. I'm sure you could do better, but I'm unsure of what kind of improvements to suggest. Sorry. :("

Also, I didn't know we could post poems here. I thought this was just for discussions of poetry.
The Cóyotl Awards / Re: Voting is open for the 2018 Cóyotl Awards!
« Last post by Ryffnah on March 18, 2019, 06:31:02 PM »
Note:  Silence of the Dragon was previously listed in the novella category by mistake.  It has now been moved to the novel category where it actually belongs.  Sorry for the confusion.
Poetry / American poet W.S. Merwin has died
« Last post by Shining River on March 18, 2019, 02:47:19 AM »
From the Wikipedia page:

 William Stanley Merwin (September 30, 1927 – March 15, 2019) was an American poet who wrote over fifty books of poetry and prose, and produced many works in translation.  . . He died on March 15, 2019, in his sleep at his home, as reported by his publisher Copper Canyon Press

W.S. Merwin did not write many poems with animal themes but I would like to note two of his poems that are, IMO, exceptionally good. Posted on my DreamWidth journal, here are "Vixen" and "Fox Sleep".
Poetry / Dwale Poetry
« Last post by Dwale on March 17, 2019, 11:34:38 AM »
[Decided to make a thread here for my recent poems.]

My flame low, frail as foam,
We made a change of hateful acreage,
Bitter course which I was bound
To: trim the wick or quench the embers,
Quick to cut the candle down

And I would be your psychopomp
And you would be my ward
And I would guide you through the night
To what we’re heading towards
And I would be your rescuer
The one to clasp your hand
And lift you off the spinning rock
And clean you free of sand

Clock hands whirled like a top,
A fire died, another grew
A pair of dice through parallax,
To view from heights the chance improved
A votive candle packed with wax

And you will be my psychopomp
And I will be your ward
And you will guide me through the light,
Or what we’re heading towards
And you will be the messenger
You always meant to be
And lift me up the living sky
To touch eternity
The Cóyotl Awards / Re: Request for short story category
« Last post by Rechan on March 16, 2019, 11:07:40 PM »
Thanks Fuzz. :)
The Cóyotl Awards / Re: Request for short story category
« Last post by FuzzWolf on March 16, 2019, 11:02:26 PM »
“The Only Harmless Great Thing” – Brooke Bolander
   Publisher's site:
   You can also read a free preview on Amazon or other eBook site if you want to get a feel for it.

“A Road of Dust and Honey” – Searska GreyRaven
   Published in Dissident Signals:
   The author has posted the story here:

“Roses” – Searska GreyRaven
   Published in CLAW Volume 1:
   The author has posted the story here:

“Saguaros” – Watts Martin
   Published in ROAR Volume 9:
   The author has posted the story here:

“Zoo” – Ellen Denton
   Published on Zooscape:
General Writing Discussion / Re: Pantser question: What does an outline look like?
« Last post by Rechan on March 16, 2019, 10:26:34 PM »
An outline looks as detailed as you need it to be.

Some idea of where you want to begin and end at, or that + a point in the middle as a guide post, etc. Or just scenes/events/things you want to appear like "Okay I want a CHASE SCENE" and "I want a big space ship to show up near the end".
The Cóyotl Awards / Request for short story category
« Last post by Rechan on March 16, 2019, 10:17:28 PM »
Can it please be added to the short story category where the short story is published? So that we can go and look it up?
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