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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 entirely by the fans, not by the ALAA committee or a panel of judges.


      NEWS

Nominations for the 2023 Ursa Major Awards have CLOSED.

Voting for the final nominees begins March 1st.


We would like to respectfully remind everyone that the Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Award committee is a non-profit organization run by a skeleton crew of volunteers, and the Ursa Major Awards are completely funded by donations which need to cover operational costs, production of the physical trophies, and shipping to the winners. When donations are insufficient, the balance comes out of the committee members' pockets.

Last year, we came out in the black for the first time due to the many generous donations for which we were very grateful. However, not much is left in the kitty and it's time to start the ball rolling once more. So, whether you consider yourself a furry or just a fan of anthropomorphic works, and you like the idea of your favorite stuff in that category getting awards, if at any point over the last two decades you've heard of the UMAs or you're just learning about them now, we humbly ask that you consider tossing a donation our way via PayPal - whatever you can afford - and to spread the word around.

 


A special shout-out to Xanni who hosts and troubleshoots the UMA website. Your help is very much appreciated!



The 2022 Winners

Check out the video of the presentations.

We'll start with the brand new category:

Best Anthropomorphic Music
Anthropomorphically themed songs and albums.

Another Railway Day, album, by Nonnie

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Visiting Narcissa, album, by Patricia Taxxon
Can Opener's Notebook: Fish Whisperer, album, by Vylet Pony
Cute Cervid Vol. 1, album, by CUTE CERVID (various artists)
idaidaida, album, by ida deerz
 

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
Wikifur
Kemono Café
Fluffle
 

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

Cult of the Lamb

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Stray
Tunic
Lookouts
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
 

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

Ais05, Dragon Party

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

• Jacato, Wind Watcher
• Wildering, Space Boy
• Caraid, Jedit Ojanen, Mercenary
 

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, by Patch Packrat

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

InFurNation, edited by Rod O'Riley
Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper, Sonious, and Dronon
Zooscape, edited by Mary E. Lowd
Deep Sky Anchor, edited by Mary E. Lowd
 

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

The Whiteboard, by Doc N.

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Duncan & Eddie, by Chevril
Foxes In Love, @foxes_in_love
Part Time Dragons, by Part Time Dragons
Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg
 

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

The Whiteboard: Sherlock Holmes, by Doc N.

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Slightly Damned, by Chu
Sonic the Hedgehog, written by Evan Stanley and Ian Flynn, art by Aaron Hammerstrom, Evan Stanley and Adam Bryce Thomas
Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai
Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat & Kid, by Stan Sakai
 

Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes opinion pieces and news articles.

Art, Furries, God, by Patricia Taxxon

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Who Runs The Internet? Furries, by Dylan Reeve
Furries & The Ethics of Cringe Culture, by Kurtis Connor
Furry Fiction: The Squishy Edges and the Heart, by Mary E. Lowd
Ursa's Major Issue - Confident self-promotion vs humble passionate skill, and a voting system's favoritism, by Sonious
 

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

Circles: Volume 4, by Andrew French, Scott Fabianek, and Steve Domanski

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Usagi Yojimbo Origins, by Stan Sakai
When the World Was Young: A Prehistoric Anthology, edited by Madison Scott-Clary
Usagi Yojimbo (Trade Paperback), by Stan Sakai
ROAR: Volume 11, Edited by Ian Madison Keller
 

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

Bears & Bravery, by Gre7g Luterman (illustrations by BearHybrid)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Null, by Elise Zoe Heider
The Otter's Wings, by Mary E. Lowd
Draught Horse, by Huskyteer
The Swift-Footed Darling of the Rocks (Do NOT Actually Call Me That), by Marie Croke
 

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

A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Scars of the Golden Dancer, by NightEyes DaySpring
Mouse Cage, by Malcolm F. Cross
Brothers At Arms (The Zyearth Chronicles Book 2), by R.A. Meenan
Toledot (Post-Self #2), by Madison Scott-Clary
 

Best Dramatic Series
TV, streaming, or YouTube series.

Bluey (Created by Joe Brumm; Season 3 (Part 2))

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Owl House (Created by Dana Terrace; season 2 episode 11 to season 3 episode 1)
Helluva Boss (Directed by Vivienne "VivziePop" Medrano; Season 2, "The Circus" and "Seeing Stars")
Zootopia+ (Directed by Trent Correy and Josie Trinidad, Season 1)
Tuca & Bertie (Created by Lisa Hanawalt; Season 3)
 

Best Dramatic Short Work
One-shots, advertisements or short videos.

Horns (Directed by FattyDragonite; December 9)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Legend of Pipi (Directed by Julia Schoel and Birgit Uhlig; Jul 16)
Tales From Scorchwater Valley - The Rhino and the Redbill (Directed by Alex Henderson; February 15)
Tales of Zale - Flickering Lights (Directed by Sif Savery; September 7)
Monkey Wrench - The Ghost Egg (Directed by Joshua Palmer; Jul 18)
 

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

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Directed by Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado; December 21)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Bad Guys (Directed by Pierre Perifel; April 22)
Turning Red (Directed by Domee Shi; March 11)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Directed by Jeff Fowler; April 8)
DC League of Super-Pets (Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levin; July 29)
 

There was no Fursuit category contested in this year due to insufficient nominations


For the full results and voting statistics, go to the 2022 tally page.


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.

'Hugo Award,' 'Worldcon,' and 'World Science Fiction Society' are registered service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.