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 2016 Ursa Major Awards has closed.
Thank you to everyone who voted! Results of the 2016 voting will be announced at Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, June 29 - July 2, 2017
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See the new Articles & Interviews directory for the recent interviews with Ursa Major Award winners Huskyteer (Short Story 2015) and Alexander Shaw (Best Novel 2015).
The 2016 Nominees
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
• Finding Dory (Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; June 17)
• Kung Fu Panda 3 (Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni; January 29)
• The Secret Life of Pets (Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney; July 8)
• Sing (Directed by Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet; December 21)
• Zootopia (Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush; February 11)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
• Bunnicula (Directed by Jessica Borutski, Maxwell Atoms, Robert F. Hughes, Matthew Whitlock, and Ian Wasseluk; Season 1 episodes 1 to 8 [TV])
• The Lion Guard (Directed by Howy Parkins; Season 1 episodes 1 to 22 [TV])
• Littlest Pet Shop (Directed by Joel Dickie, Steven Garcia, and Mike Myhre; Season 4 episode 10 to Season 4 episode 26 [TV])
• My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen, Jim Miller, Tim Stuby, and Denny Lu; Season 6 episodes 1 to 143 [TV])
• Petals (Directed by Andrea Gallo and Alvaro Dominguez; November 29 [student film])
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
• Dog Country, by Malcolm F. Cross (Amazon Digital Services; March 28)
• Fracture, by Hugo Jackson (Inspired Quill; September 1)
• My Diary, by Frederick Usiku Kruger, Lieutenant of the Rackenroon Hyena Brigade, by Kathy Garrison Kellog (The Cross Time Cafe; April 2)
• The Origin Chronicles: Mineau, by Justin Swatsworth (Dolphyn Visions; June 14)
• Sixes Wild: Echoes, by Tempe O'Kun (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short Written works.
• 400 Rabbits, by Alice "Huskyteer" Dryden, in Gods With Fur (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
• A Gentleman of Strength, by Dwale, in Claw the Way to Victory (Jaffa Books; January 24)
• Marge the Barge, by Mary E. Lowd, in Claw the Way to Victory (Jaffa Books; January 24)
• Questor's Gambit, by Mary E. Lowd, in Gods With Fur (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
• Sheeperfly's Lullaby, by Mary E. Lowd, in GoAL #2 (Goal Publications; March 27)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
• Claw the Way to Victory, ed. by AnthroAquatic (Jaffa Books; January 24 [anthology])
• Gods With Fur, ed. by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions; June 30 [anthology])
• Hot Dish #2, ed. by Dark End (Sofawolf Press; December 1 [anthology])
• The Muse, by Alex Cockburn (Rabbit Valley Publishing; March [background booklet for Lucid's Dream])
• ROAR volume 7, ed. by Mary E. Lowd (Bad Dog Books; June 30 [anthology])
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
• The Art of Zootopia, by Jessica Julius (Chronicle Books; March 8 [book; making of feature film])
• Burned Furs and How You Perceive Porn (Culturally F'd: After Dark; October 6 [podcast])
• CSI: Fur Fest; The Unsolved Case of the Gas Attack at a Furry Convention, by Jennifer Swann (VICE Media; February 10 [Internet])
• Fursonas (Directed by Dominic Rodriguez; May 10 [documentary film])
• 17 Misconceptions About Furries and the Furry Fandom (Culturally F'd #23; February 11 [podcast])
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
• Endtown, by Aaron Neathery (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
• Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler (Internet; Lackadaisy Sabbatical to Lackadaisy Headlong)
• Lucid's Dream, by Alex Cockburn (Rabbit Valley Publishing; March)
• Swords and Sausages, by Jan (Internet; January 10 to December 25)
• TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet; January 6 to December 25)
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
• Carry On, by Kathy Garrison (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
• Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
• Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
• Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
• SaveState, by Tim Weeks (Internet; January 6 to December 28)
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.
• Dogpatch Press, ed. by Patch Packrat (Internet; January 4 to December 20)
• Fangs and Fonts (Podcast; episodes #57 to #72)
• Flayrah, ed. by crossaffliction and GreenReaper (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
• Fur What It's Worth (Podcast; Season 5 episode #8 to Season 6 episode #8)
• InFurNation, ed. by Rod O'Riley (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
• Tracy J. Butler, cover of Anthrocon 2016 Souvenir Book
• Dolphyn, "Hey Baby, You're the Cat's Meow!" in Anthrocon 2016 Souvenir Book
• Teagan Gavet, cover of Gods With Fur, ed. by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions, June 30)
• Iskra, "Autumn", FurAffinity, October 22
• Jenn 'Pac' Rodriguez, cover of Claw the Way to Victory, ed. by AnthroAquatic (Jaffa Books, January 24)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
• Bear Simulator (Developer and Publisher: Farjay Studios; February 26)
• Major \ Minor (Developer: Klace; Publisher: Steam; October 11)
• Overwatch (Developer and Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment; May 24)
• Pokémon Sun & Moon (Developer: Game Freak; Publishers: Nintendo and the Pokémon Company; November 18)
• Stories: The Path of Destinies (Developer and Publisher: Spearhead Games; April 12)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
• Culturally F'd. (You Tube Channel, furry videos)
• E621. (Furry fandom art community site)
• FurAffinity. (furry art specialty site)
• The Furry Writers' Guild (Internet [FWG news & discussion])
• WikiFur. (general furry information/history)
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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.
While we have yet to do so, 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.
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