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.
2015 Ursa Major Awards
Results of the voting for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards were announced at What the Fur convention, Montreal, May 20, 2016.
Send in your favorites now for this year's Recommended List!
The 2015 Winners
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Inside Out (Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen; June 19)
- Shaun the Sheep (Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak; February 5)
- The Good Dinosaur (Directed by Peter Sohn; November 25)
- The Peanuts Movie (Directed by Steve Martino; November 6)
- The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (Directed by Howy Parkins; November 22)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen, Jim Miller, and Denny Lu; Season 5 episode 1 to Season 5 episode 26, April 4 to November 28)
- We Bare Bears (Directed by Manny Hernandez; Season 1 episode 1 to episode 25, July 27 to November 19)
- Danger Mouse (Directed by Robert Cullen; Season 1 episodes 1-16)
- Tiger's Eye (Audio Drama Podcast) (Directed by Alexander Shaw; episodes 1 to 25, May 13 to October 29)
- Littlest Pet Shop (Directed by Joel Dickie and Steven Garcia; Season 3 Episode 17 to Season 4 Episode 9)
- Harvey Beaks (Directed by C.H. Greenblatt; Season 1 March 29 to November 15)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Tiger's Eye, by Alexander Shaw. (Amazon; November 5)
- In a Dog's World, by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productions; July 9)
- Windfall, by Tempe O'Kun. (FurPlanet Productions; July)
- Heart Behind the Mask, by N. "Karmakat" Franzetti. (Smashwords; May 4)
- Gene Storm: City in the Sky, by Paul Kidd. (Kitsune Press; May 19)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short Written works.
- The Analogue Cat, by Alice "Huskyteer" Dryden. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
- Lunar Cavity, by Mary E. Lowd. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
- Thebe and the Angry Eye, by David Hopkins. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
- Pocosin, by Ursula Vernon. (in Apex Magazine, #68; January 6)
- Tow, by Watts Martin. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- Furries Among Us, edited by Thurston Howl. (Thurston Howl Publications, essay anthology; July 4)
- The Furry Future, edited by Fred Patten. (FurPlanet Productions, short story anthology; January 15)
- Inhuman Acts, edited by Ocean Tigrox. (FurPlanet Productions, short story anthology; September)
- ROAR Volume 6, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (Bad Dog Books, short story anthology; July)
- The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productions, short story collection; September)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- Twokinds, by Tom Fischbach. (Internet; January 4 to December 23)
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler. (Internet; Lackadaisy Congregation to Lackadaisy Inspiration)
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, by various. (IDW Publishing; Issues 27 to 38)
- The Golden Week, by Douglas Kim. (Internet; January 2 to December 24)
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Housepets!, by Rick Griffin. (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
- Savestate, by Tim Weeks. (Internet; January 7 to December 30)
- Carry On, by Kathryn Garrison. (January 2 to December 30)
- Doc Rat, by Jenner. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
- Peter & Company, by Jonathan Ponikvar. (Internet; page 223 to page 243)
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.
- Heat, produced by Black Teagan, Dark End. (Volume #12; Sofawolf Press; July 9)
- Dogpatch Press, by Patch Packrat. (Internet; January 5 to December 24)
- Flayrah, edited by crossaffliction and GreenReaper. (Internet; January 2 to December 31)
- InFurNation, edited by Rod O'Riley. (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
- Fangs and Fonts Podcast (Internet; podcasts #37 to #56)
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- cover of EuroFurence 21 Program Book by Kenket. (September 6)
- cover of Lost on Dark Trails by Rukis. (FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
- cover of ROAR 6 by Tegan Gavet. (Bad Dog Books; July 9)
- front cover of Tiger's Eye by Antonio Torresan. (Amazon; November 5)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Undertale (Toby Fox; September 15)
- Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios; March 11)
- Armello (League of Geeks; September 1)
- Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (Scott Cawthon; March 2)
- Yo-Kai Watch (Level-5; November 6)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- Furaffinity (furry art specialty site)
- E621 (Furry fandom art community site)
- SoFurry (furry artist/writer community)
- Wikifur (general furry information/history)
- Culturally F'd (You Tube Channel, furry videos)
For the full results and voting statistics, go HERE.
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Recommendations for inclusion in the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now closed.
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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.
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.
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