We’ve had a request for clarification about how the following rule interacts with a few borderline cases:

… However, works may not be nominated by their authors, editors, publishers, or agents, by spouses or domestic partners of their authors, or by any other party with a monetary interest in the work.

This rule was taken from the Nebula Awards rules  which were used a model for the Cóyotl Awards rules.  Overall, it’s an important rule for preventing conflicts of interest.  However, the furry writing community is small, so we’re going to interpret it somewhat liberally. To that end, let me address the borderline cases under question–

  • Slush pile readers and copy-editors don’t count as the “editor” and can nominate works.
  • Authors can nominate other stories from an anthology that they had a story in — but not the anthology itself.

The Cóyotl Awards are still young, and there’s a lot of room for them to grow and evolve in the future. For now, the most important thing that we can do is increase the level of participation. Nominations and votes are already rolling in. Let’s see if we can double the participation rate from last year!

 

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