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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.


      NEWS

In this year of cancelled conventions and social distancing, it's a wonderful thing that we can rely on the modern marvel that is the internet to bring you the presentations of the 2019 Ursa Major Awards which you will find on YouTube. And for those who don't wish to watch the whole video, the results are below.


An update to the Recommended List has just been posted. The committee has decided to split Dramatic Short Work and Drama Series into separate categories. It is still fine to recommend an individual episode from a series for inclusion in the short work category but please make it clear that you are doing so.


The 2019 Winners

Note: Because there were insufficient qualifying nominations, there was not a Non-Fiction Work or Fursuit category in contention this year.

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Best Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.

Fur Affinity

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

e621.net
Inkbunny
WikiFur
Newgrounds
 

Best Game
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.

Untitled Goose Game

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Pokémon: Sword and Shield
Winds of Change
Kingdom Hearts III
Blacksad: Under The Skin
 

Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.

Moth Monarch, Furnal Equinox 2019 T-shirt design

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

• Moth Monarch, Surf Pacific Anthrocon 2019 banner and conbook art
• Teagan Gavet, Tri-Galactic Trek book cover
• Idess, Jove Deadly's Lunar Detective Agency book cover
• Silfoe, Off The Mark book cover
 

Best Magazine
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, edited by Patch Packrat

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper, Sonious, and Dronon
Zooscape, edited by Mary E. Lowd
Up Fur Review, podcast by Jaden Drackus, TJ Minde, and Mog K. Moogle
Virginity Clan, YouTube videos
 

Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with some ongoing arcs.

Housepets!, by Rick Griffin

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg
Freefall, by Mark Stanley
Doc Rat, by Jenner
Friends You Are Stuck With, by Gabe Bold
 

Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.

Beastars: Volume 12-16, by Itagaki Paru

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Slightly Damned, by Chu
Shine, by Babystar
Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler
The Dreamkeepers, by David & Liz Lillie
 

Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, and serialized online stories.

Fang 10, edited by Kyell Gold and Sparf

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Rabbit Dies First, edited by Ryan Campbell
Heat 16, edited by Alopex and Dark End
ROAR Volume 10, edited by Mary E. Lowd
Jove Deadly's Lunar Detective Agency, by Garrett Marco and Mary E. Lowd
Tri-Galactic Trek, edited by Mary E. Lowd
 

Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short Written works.

This Dog For Hire, by Mary E. Lowd, in Jove Deadly's Lunar Detective Agency

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Bourbon Jack, by Linnea Capps
Black Out In Space, by Mary E. Lowd
Ecto-Cafe, by Mary E. Lowd
The Move, by Kristi Brooks
 

Best Novel
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.

Fair Trade, by Gre7g Luterman

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Nexus Nine, by Mary E. Lowd
Red Skies, by GS Cole and NC Shapero
Darwin-sensei, Kemono Musume-tachi ga Gakuen de Omochi desu!, by Daisaburo Nonoue
Off The Mark, by Bernard Doove and Jeff Hartt
 

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

Beastars (Directed by Shinichi Matsumi)(Japan)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Aggretsuko, Season 2 (Directed by Rarecho)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Season 9 (Directed by Denny Lu, Mike Myhre, and Gillian Comerford)
Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart (Written and Storyboarded by Phil Ahn, Allison Craig, Nathanael H. Jones, Griffith Kimmins, Alexandria Kwan, Nora Meek, Michael Moloney, Emily Oetzell, Parker Simmons, and Chris Ybarra)
Amphibia (Directed by Bert Youn and Derek Kirk Kim)
 

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Directed by Rob Letterman)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Avengers: Endgame (Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo)
Toy Story 4 (Directed by Josh Cooley)
Frozen 2 (Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck)
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (Directed by Joe Murray and Cosmo Serguson)
 


For the full results and voting statistics, go to the 2019 tally page.



PLEASE DONATE

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 mostly 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 easiest way to contribute is to use the PayPal link button on the left for paypal@ursamajorawards.org, and any donation would be hugely appreciated. If everyone who nominated or voted donated just one dollar, all our expenses would be covered for the year! 100% of the money received will be put towards the running costs. Thank you for your consideration.


 

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.


The Ursa Major Award banner was designed and drawn by EosFoxx. The A.L.A.A. much appreciates Eos' contribution.

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