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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
The results of the 2014 voting were announced at a ceremony held at Morphicon in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday May 1st, 2015. Many thanks to the thousands who voted in this year's ballot.
The 2014 Winners
Best Motion Picture
Guardians of the Galaxy (Directed by James Gunn, July 31)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
Furry Force (CollegeHumor and Smiley Guy Studios, parts 1 and 2)
Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis. (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
Best Short Fiction
When a Cat Loves a Dog, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Five Fortunes, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
Best Other Literary Work
Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. (graphic novel, English version, Dark Horse Press, October 8)
Best Graphic Story
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, (IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26)
Best Comic Strip
Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O'Riley (Internet, January 1 to December 30)
Best Published Illustration
SabretoothedErmine, cover of Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book, (December 4)
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Developer: Game Freak, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, November 21)
FurAffinity (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
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.
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.
'Hugo Award,' 'Worldcon,' and 'World Science Fiction Society' are registered service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.