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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.
2014 Ursa Major Awards
Voting for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards has ended! Many thanks to the thousands who voted in this year's ballot.
The results of the 2014 voting will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Morphicon in Columbus, Ohio, April 30 - May 3, 2015.
Notice: Kyell Gold has indicated that he wishes to withdraw from consideration for the Novel and Short Story categories until further notice. For full details, please read his blog on Fur Affinity.
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 2014 Nominees
To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2014, and must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination. The nominees that received the top five number of nominations went on to the final ballot:
Best Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Matt Reeves, July 11)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
The Beach Bears (by MaxGoof, "The Trip to Alberta" Chapter 137 - 170)
Chakat in the Alley, by James R. Jordan. (CreateSpace, June 17)
Best Short Fiction
A Real Stand-Up Guy, by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd. (in Allasso Vol. 3:Storge, April 23)
Best Other Literary Work
Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch. (FurPlanet, December)
Best Graphic Story
Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Comic Strip
Carry On, by Kathryn Garrison (January 1 to December 31)
Allasso, Volume 3: Storge, edited by Brian Cook. (Pink Fox Productions, April 23)
Best Published Illustration
ABlueDeer, cover for Chakat in the Alley by James Jordan, Create Space, July 17.
Five Nights At Freddy's (Developer: Scott Cawthon, Publisher: Steam, August 8th)
Equestria Daily (My Little Pony specialty site)
Recommendations for inclusion in the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now closed.
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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