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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.
Voting for the 2019 Awards has CLOSED.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, securing a venue for the Award Presentations has become impossible. Therefore, this year's winners will be announced online only. We hope to have an interesting video done for this purpose which will be shown within a few weeks of the ballot closing. Watch for an announcement here and on Facebook or Twitter.
The 2019 Nominees
Best Motion Picture
• Avengers: Endgame (Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; April 26)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
• Aggretsuko, Season 2 (Directed by Rarecho)
• Darwin-sensei, Kemono Musume-tachi ga Gakuen de Omochi desu!, by Daisaburo Nonoue
Best Short Fiction
• Black Out In Space, by Mary E. Lowd
Best Other Literary Work
• Fang 10, edited by Kyell Gold and Sparf
Best Graphic Story
• Beastars: Volume 12-16, by Itagaki Paru
Best Comic Strip
• Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg
• Dogpatch Press, edited by Patch Packrat
Best Published Illustration
• Idess, Jove Deadly's Lunar Detective Agency book cover
• Blacksad: Under The Skin
Because there were insufficient qualifying nominations, there will not be a Non-Fiction Work or Fursuit category in contention this year.
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 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.
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.