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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 2017 Ursa Major Awards has opened and will take place until the end of March. All those who registered for nominations may use the same key for voting.
At the end of the voting period, the ballots will be counted, the trophies made, and the results will be announced at the award presentations at FurDU 2018 in Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, scheduled for May 4-6.
In order to improve our service, provide desirable trophies, and cover our running costs, we have started a GoFundMe campaign. If everyone who places a vote this month were to donate just one dollar, we could meet our goal. Please consider helping us out!
The 2017 Nominees
Best Motion Picture
• Ferdinand (Directed by Carlos Saldanha; December 15)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
• Doodle Toons (Directed by Jack C; Pilot episode to "Deleted Scene: Fast Food Follies")
• Always Gray in Winter, by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
Best Short Fiction
• Behesht, by Dwale (in ROAR volume 8; June 30)
Best Other Literary Work
• Arcana: A Tarot Anthology, edited by Madison Scott-Clary (anthology; Thurston Howl Publications; November 9)
Best Non-Fiction Work
• Furries Among Us 2; More Essays On Furries By Furries, edited by Thurston Howl (Thurston Howl Productions; August 18)
Best Graphic Story
• A&H Club, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 7 to November 25)
Best Comic Strip
• Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
• Dogpatch Press, ed. by Patch Packrat (Internet; January 5 to December 25)
Best Published Illustration
• Bone, cover for Always Gray in Winter by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
• Cuphead (Developer and Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment; September 29)
• The Cross Time Cafe (forum for comic discussions, including many on the Recommended List)
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.
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.