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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 2016 Ursa Major Awards has opened.
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See the new Articles & Interviews directory for the recent interviews with Ursa Major Award winners Huskyteer (Short Story 2015) and Alexander Shaw (Best Novel 2015).
Somebody tell Pinkie Pie that there is no Best Pony category!
The 2016 Nominees
Best Motion Picture
• Finding Dory (Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; June 17)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
• Bunnicula (Directed by Jessica Borutski, Maxwell Atoms, Robert F. Hughes, Matthew Whitlock, and Ian Wasseluk; Season 1 episodes 1 to 8 [TV])
• Dog Country, by Malcolm F. Cross (Amazon Digital Services; March 28)
Best Short Fiction
• 400 Rabbits, by Alice "Huskyteer" Dryden, in Gods With Fur (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
Best Other Literary Work
• Claw the Way to Victory, ed. by AnthroAquatic (Jaffa Books; January 24 [anthology])
Best Non-Fiction Work
• The Art of Zootopia, by Jessica Julius (Chronicle Books; March 8 [book; making of feature film])
Best Graphic Story
• Endtown, by Aaron Neathery (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
Best Comic Strip
• Carry On, by Kathy Garrison (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
• Dogpatch Press, ed. by Patch Packrat (Internet; January 4 to December 20)
Best Published Illustration
• Tracy J. Butler, cover of Anthrocon 2016 Souvenir Book
• Bear Simulator (Developer and Publisher: Farjay Studios; February 26)
• Culturally F'd. (You Tube Channel, furry videos)
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 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.
Watch out for SIG meetings at major anthropomorphic conventions!
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.