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More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Award, the Ursa Major Award is presented annually for excellence in the furry arts. It is intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalent of the Hugo Award ® presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom's Anthony Award, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Award, and so forth. Anyone may nominate and vote for candidates for the Awards. These Awards are decided by the fans, not by a committee.
Voting for the 2012 Ursa Major Awards has ended!.
The results will be announced at an Awards ceremony at Anthrocon (July 5, 2013).
The final nominees can be viewed here.
Notice: Kyell Gold indicated that he wished to withdraw from consideration for the Novel and Short Story categories for 2012.
The Ursa Major Awards have always been run by volunteer members, and all costs associated with it such as maintaining the website, and especially providing the physical awards to the winners, have been borne by donations from the core members. In order to help us with this, and to improve the quality of the award trophies, we would like to solicit donations from the fandom.
The winners of the Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2011 were announced at a presentation ceremony at CaliFur VIII in Irvine, CA on 2 June 2012.
To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2011, and have must included a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination. There were five nominees in each of eleven categories, except where there was a tie for fifth place.
The results in order of placing were:
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
Best Comic StripNewspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
Edited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
The ALAA's Choice Award
In addition, the first ALAA’s Choice Award was presented, for an outstanding anthropomorphic work of 2011. The ALAA’s Choice Award, unlike the Ursa Major Awards, is selected by a vote among the fifteen members of the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association. The ALAA’s Choice Award for 2011 was presented to the graphic story: Red Lantern, by Rukis & Alector Fencor.
Recommendations for inclusion in the 2012 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now open.
To be eligible, a work must have been released between January 1 and December 31 of the calendar year for that award, and must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical (for example the intelligent rabbits in Watership Down for the former, and Bugs Bunny for the latter.) Simply including an animal character is not sufficient to qualify. Non-animal characters such as Wall-E are also anthropomorphic.
The ALAA reserves the right to exclude from the Recommended Anthropomorphics List, and from contention for an Ursa Major Award, any works it deems to be obscene, libelous, illegal, or otherwise detrimental to the integrity and good standing of the Ursa Major Awards and the anthropomorphics fandom that those awards represent. For example: Works of a predominantly sexual nature, or which include explicit sexual situations involving characters which may be underage or non-anthropomorphic animals.
The Ursa Major Award was administered and presented during its first two years by The ConFurence Group, a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic fandom-related events. It is now presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts through such projects as this List and Award, and others which may be undertaken later. Discussions are currently taking place to improve their effectiveness and expand their presence throughout Furry fandom. All suggestions are invited.
Watch out for SIG meetings at major anthropomorphic conventions!
The Ursa Major Award banner was designed and drawn by EosFoxx. The A.L.A.A. much appreciates Eos' contribution.
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