Furry Writers' Guild Forum

SPECIES: Bunnies

​Thurston Howl Publications is now accepting submissions for volume five of its furry anthology series SPECIES: Bunnies.

Deadline: January 1, 2019
Word count: 2,500-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable
Rating: PG-13
Please put the story title and SPECIES: BUNNIES in the subject.

Bunnies are cute as hell. We see the Easter bunny in Rise of the Guardians and the warring rabbits of Watership Down, the anxiety-ridden Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh and the insane March Hare from Alice in Wonderland, and we know we’re in good company. For the fifth volume of SPECIES, we want to see the many faces of anthro bunnies (that includes rabbits and hares!). We will be accepting reprints and original stories. Bunnies have to be the central characters, but they do not have to be the only characters in these stories. While we will accept stories of bunnies in pre-modern settings, we will prefer stories of them in 1900s to futuristic settings.

You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any). (Reprints do not count in the total).
Reprints are encouraged, 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 will receive a free copy of the print book.
Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to Charles at charles.thurstonhowlpub@gmail.com .
If you are sending more than one submission, send multiple emails instead of putting them all in one.
We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.
Book will likely be released in the summer.


i am charles (they) and the editor for this anthology!

(pardon the lack of capitalization but that really isn’t my speed outside of formal writing)

am bumping this as it was posted early on in the year and the due date is coming up rapidly. if you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to message me on telegram @averincm or email charles.thurstonhowlpub@gmail.com (which is the anthology sub location).

above all, the thing that i want to see in your work is passion and authenticity. specific things that i’m looking for, however, are:

[ul][li]works that are politically salient or otherwise doing good™ theory;[/li]
[li]works that challenge the forms to which genre fiction usually must adhere;[/li]
[li]works that are experimental in formatting, narrative, or style;[/li]
[li]works that feature marginalized identities, whether or not that is the focus of the story;[/li]
[li]works that use furry with purpose, either with narrative or aesthetic purpose.[/li][/ul]

you do not need to hit every (or even any!) of the above listed points to be accepted, but if you’re looking for a way to pander to the editor, there you have it.

on the flipside: things i am not at all looking for and will be generally hesitant to accept are:

[ul][li]works that feature xenophobia, antisemitism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, etc as either the main conflict to overcome or as POVs worth debating;[/li]
[li]works that use furry species as a direct allegory or stand-in for racism;[/li]
[li]works of fantasy or science fiction that function primarily as exercises in world-building;[/li]
[li]works that feature sexual assault or excessive violence;[/li]
[li]works that feature children in abusive situations[/li][/ul]

again these are not automatic reasons to discard your submission, but i would recommend against all of these unless you’re very sure you know what you’re doing. moreover, if you’re set on including one or more of these elements, please include a warning in your submission email so i’m forewarned.

with all that said, good luck, and happy writing!!