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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 2022 Ursa Major Awards has opened!
The Recommended List for 2023 is also open for submissions.
A special shout-out to Xanni who hosts and troubleshoots the UMA website. Your help is very much appreciated!
The Awards are run by an unpaid volunteer committee. Donations to cover the cost of the physical awards and other running costs would be hugely appreciated. The Paypal link in the column at left is the simplest way to do this. If everyone who voted for the Awards gave just one dollar, we would easily meet our annual running costs.
The 2022 Nominees (in alphabetical order)
Best Motion Picture
• DC League of Super-Pets (Directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levin; July 29)
Best Dramatic Short Work
• Horns (Directed by FattyDragonite; December 9)
Best Dramatic Series
• Bluey (Created by Joe Brumm; Season 3 (Part 2))
• A Furry Faux Paw, by Jessica Kara. (Page Street Kids; July 26)
Best Short Fiction
• Bears & Bravery, by Gre7g Luterman (illustrations by BearHybrid). (The Bear Minimum patreon; April 5)
Best General Literary Work
• Circles: Volume 4, by Andrew French, Scott Fabianek, and Steve Domanski. (Fenris Publishing, collection, Febuary 21)
Best Non-Fiction Work
• Art, Furries, God, by Patricia Taxxon. (YouTube, video; Jul 6)
Best Graphic Story
• Slightly Damned, by Chu. (Internet, pages 1038 to 1081)
Best Comic Strip
• Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (Internet, January 4 to December 30)
• Deep Sky Anchor, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (Internet; May to December)
• Ais05, Dragon Party, (Twitter, October 18)
• Cult of the Lamb (Developer: Massive Monster, Publisher: Devolver Digital; Aug 11)
• e621, reverse image search for the furry community
Best Anthropomorphic Music
• Another Railway Day, by Nonnie, album, November 23.
Best Anthropomorphic Fursuit
• This category will not be contested this year due to insufficient nominations.
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.