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ALAA's Choice Award
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.
Nominations for the 2013 Ursa Major Awards have closed!.
Please return March 15 to vote for the successful nominees.
To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2013, 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.
Notice: Kyell Gold has indicated that he wishes to withdraw from consideration for the Novel and Short Story categories for 2013 and 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 results for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2012 in order of placing were:
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Best Anthropomorphic Website
The ALAA's Choice Award
The ALAA’s Choice Award is presented for an outstanding achievement in any of the above categories that did not win or place in the Ursa Major Awards, but nevertheless it was felt deserves special recognition. Unlike the Ursa Major Awards, is selected by a vote among the members of the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association. There was no ALAA's Choice Award presented for 2012.
For more details, links to all the winners and other nominees can be found on the 2012 Winners Page.
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.
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.