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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.


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The results of the 2020 Ursa Major Awards are now available! Watch the presentations video on YouTube or, if you can't wait to go through the whole video for the result you want to see, the winners are listed below. Spoiler space to prevent unwanted glimpses!


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The 2020 Winners

Best Anthropomorphic Costume (Fursuit)

Zigc the Khajiit, Maker: Inerri Creatures, Owner/Wearer: Zigc The Khagiit

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Toriel, Maker/Owner/Wearer: Nautilus20000
Cassidy Civet, Maker: Blue Wolf Studios, Owner/Wearer: Cassidy Civet
Inutami Luki the Saluki, Maker: Kotoori Works, Owner/Wearer: Inutami Luki
Xif, Maker/Owner/Wearer: lutamesta
 

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)

SoFurry
Loona Moonlight_howling_666, Hazbin Hotel/Helluva Boss character (on Instagram)
Furry Life Online
Stolas daddy_hoothoot, Hazbin Hotel/Helluva Boss character (on Instagram)  

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

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Spiritfarer
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Them's Fightin' Herds
 

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

Lofi, Cheers

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

• A_Blue_Deer, A Night At The Fair
• Bubblewolf, Paintwork
• Ashley A Adams, Sir Monty, The Good Boy
• Foxer421, "TAKE OFF YOUR HEADSET!!"
 

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.

Pocari Roo, YouTube videos

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Dogpatch Press, edited by Patch Packrat
Furry Writers' Guild, edited by Literalgrill
Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper, Sonious, and Dronon
Zooscape, edited by Mary E. Lowd
 

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
The Whiteboard, by Doc N.
 

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

Beastars, by Paru Itagaki (Viz Media and Weekly Shonen Champion, Volume 4 to 8)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Shine, by Babystar
Found, by Toddlergirl
A&H Club, by Rick Griffin
Oren's Forge, by Tegan Gavet
 

Best Non-Fiction Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

The Fandom: A Furry Documentary, directed by Ash Kreis & Eric Risher

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Last Bronycon: A Fandom Autopsy, by Jenny Nicholson
From Paw To Print: Essays About Writing in the Furry Fandom, compiled by Thurston Howl
The BEST and WORST Anthro Movies Tier List, by Saberspark
Furries Among Us 3, compiled by Thurston Howl
 

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

Difursity: Stories by Furries of Color, edited by Weasel

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Blacksad: The Collected Stories, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Tales of Hayven Celestia, edited by Rick Griffin and Gre7g Luterman
Selections of Anthropomorphic Regalements, Vol. 1, edited by KC Alpinus
Bush Heroes, by Bush Heroes (many artists)
 

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

What Makes a Witch, by Linnea Capps

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Summer Strawberries, by Mary E. Lowd
Familiar, by Linnea Capps
The Glow, by Linnea Capps
Titillating Trivia, by Linnea Capps
 

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

The City That Barks and Roars, by J.T. Bird

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

On The Mark, by Bernard Doove and Jeff Hartt
Entanglement Bound, (The Entangled Universe Book 1) by Mary E. Lowd
Disbanded, by Frances Pauli
Spin the Bottle, by Dajan Tafari
 

Best Dramatic Series
TV, streaming, or YouTube series.

Beastars (Directed by Shinichi Matsumi; Season 1 Episode 1 to 12) (USA Release, English Dub)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Helluva Boss (Directed by Vivienne Medrano; Episodes "Murder Family" and "Loo Loo Land", Oct 31 - Dec 9)
Aggretsuko (Directed by Rarecho, Season 3 episode 1 - 10, August 27)
BNA: Brand New Animal (Directed by Yoh Yoshinari; Season 1 Episode 1 to 12, June 30)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (Created by Radford Sechrist; January 14 - October 12)
 

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

Zoophobia - "Bad Luck Jack" (Directed by Vivienne Medrano; September 30)

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

The Humiliation of Jinjur Maiham by The Home Guardsmen (Created by K Garrison; December 30)
Burrow (Directed by Madeline Sharafian; December 25)
Mystery Skulls Animated - The Future (Directed by Ben Mangum; October 31)
Trick Moon (Directed/Storyboarded by Geneva Hodgson, July 21)
 

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

Wolfwalkers (Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

    Runners-Up (in descending number of votes)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Directed by Jeff Fowler)
Soul (Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers)
Onward (Directed by Dan Scanlon)
Hayop Ka! (You Animal!) (Directed by Avid Liongoren)
 


For the full results and voting statistics, go to the 2020 tally page.



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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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