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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.


2014 Ursa Major Awards

Voting for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards has ended! Many thanks to the thousands who voted in this year's ballot.

The results of the 2014 voting will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Morphicon in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday May 1st, 2015, 8:00-10:00pm, in Griswold B.

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 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. 100% of the money received will be put towards the running costs. Thank you for your consideration.

The 2014 Nominees

To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2014, and must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination. The nominees that received the top five number of nominations went on to the final ballot:

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

• Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Matt Reeves, July 11)
• Guardians of the Galaxy (Directed by James Gunn, July 31)
• How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Directed by Dean DeBlois, June 5)
• The LEGO Movie (Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, February 7)
• Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Directed by Rob Minkoff, November 21)

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

• The Beach Bears (by MaxGoof, "The Trip to Alberta" Chapter 137 - 170)
• Bojack Horseman (Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg for Netflix, Aug 22)
• Furry Force (CollegeHumor and Smiley Guy Studios, parts 1 and 2)
• Littlest pet Shop (Supervising Director Dallas Parker and Directed by Joel Dickie, Season 2 Episode 11 to Season 3 Episode 16)
• My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen and Jim Miller for Hasbro, Season 4 Episode 8 to Season 4 Episode 26)

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

• Chakat in the Alley, by James R. Jordan. (CreateSpace, June 17)
• The Forges of Dawn, by E.M. Kinsey. (CreateSpace, September 15)
• Huntress, by Renee Carter Hall (in Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
• Impossible Magic, by J.F.R. Coates. (Jaffa Books, August 18)
• Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis. (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)

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

• A Real Stand-Up Guy, by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd. (in Allasso Vol. 3:Storge, April 23)
• The Best Puppy Ever by Mary E. Lowd. (in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, May 5)
• The Carousel of Spirits, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Sorcerous Signals, February-April)
• The Wharf Cat's Mermaid by Mary E. Lowd. (in ROAR 5, July)
• When a Cat Loves a Dog, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Five Fortunes, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)

Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.

• Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch. (FurPlanet, December)
• Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. (Dark Horse Press, graphic novel, October 8)
• Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten. (FurPlanet Productions, anthology, January 16)
• The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, by various. (Dark Horse Books, July 23)
• Tales From the Guild: Music To Your Ears, edited by AnthroAquatic (Rabbit Valley Books, anthology, September)

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

• Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
• Furthia High. by QuetzaDrake. (Internet, from page 364 to 381)
• My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, (IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26)
• Slightly Damned, by Sarah "Chu" Wilson (Internet, page 626 to 674)
• TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 8 to December 23)

Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.

• Carry On, by Kathryn Garrison (January 1 to December 31)
• Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
• Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
• Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
• Savestate, by Tim Weeks. (Internet, February 5 to December 31)

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.

• Allasso, Volume 3: Storge, edited by Brian Cook. (Pink Fox Productions, April 23)
• Dogpatch Press, by Patch Packrat. (Internet, April 11)
• Flayrah, edited by Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry (Internet, January 2 to December 31)
• In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O'Riley (Internet, January 1 to December 30)
• Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet, October 3 to December 31)

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

• ABlueDeer, cover for Chakat in the Alley by James Jordan, Create Space, July 17.
• Rukis, wraparound cover for Off the Beaten Path by Rukis (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
• SabretoothedErmine, cover for Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book, December 4.
• Terrie Smith, wraparound cover of Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
• WhiteMantis, I Won't Die Here, Furaffinity, May 8.

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

• Five Nights At Freddy's (Developer: Scott Cawthon, Publisher: Steam, August 8th)
• Five Nights At Freddy's 2 (Developer: Scott Cawthon, Publisher: Steam, November 11th)
• Freedom Planet (Developer and Publisher: GalaxyTrail, July 21st)
• Octodad: Dadliest Catch. (Developer and Publisher: Young Horses, January 30)
• Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Developer: Game Freak, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, November 21)

Best Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.

• Equestria Daily (My Little Pony specialty site)
• FurAffinity (furry art specialty site)
• Furry Writers' Guild (writer support)
• Inkbunny (furry art specialty site)
• WikiFur (general furry information/history)


Recommendations for inclusion in the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now closed.
Please send in your recommendations for the 2015 list to recommended@ursamajorawards.org

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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