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Voting for 2013
March 15 – April 30

Past Winners:

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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 2013 Ursa Major Awards has opened!.

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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.

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The 2013 Nominees

The nominees for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2013 in alphabetical order:

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

• The Croods (directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, February 15)
• Despicable Me 2 (directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, July 3)
• Equestria Girls (directed by Directed by Jayson Thiessen, June 16)
• Frozen (directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, November 27)
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (directed by Peter Jackson, December 13)
• Monsters University (directed by Dan Scanlon, June 21)

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

• Adventure Time (created by Pendleton Ward and produced by Larry Lechliter, Adam Muto, Nate Cash, David OReilly [a.k.a. O’Reilly], and Elizabeth Ito for Cartoon Network, Season 5 episodes 6 to 43)
• Bee and PuppyCat (directed by Natasha Allegri; episodes 1 and 2)
• Bravest Warriors (directed by Breehan Burns; Season 1, episode 7 to Season 2, episode 5)
• My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (directed by James Thiessen & James Wooton; Season 3, episode 10 to Season 4, episode 7)
What Does the Fox Say? (original) (directed by Ylvis; September 3)

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

• The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
• Corr Syl the Warrior, by Garry Rogers (CreateSpace, May 22)
• Otters in Space II: Jupiter, Deadly, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
• Skyfire, by Jess E. Owen (Five Elements Press, December 26)
• The Thin Line, by E. O. Costello (FurAffinity, September 18)

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

• Fox in the Hen House, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
• In a Cat’s Eyes, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
• Indigo Rain, by Watts Martin (FurPlanet Publications, January 17)
• The Monkeytown Raid, by Roz Gibson (in What Happens Next, edited by Fred Patten; FurPlanet Publications, July 4)

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

• Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition, by Ursula Vernon (comic strip collection, Sofawolf Press, November 15)
• Dogs of War, by Shiela Keenan (story) & Nathan Fox (art) (illustrated comic book novel, Scholastic/Graphix, October 29)
• Housepets! Are Gonna Sniff Everybody (Housepets! Book 4), by Rick Griffin (comic strip collection, CreateSpace, July 25)
• My Little Pony Annual 2013, by various (comic book annual, IDW Publishing, October 30)
• Slightly Damned, Book 2, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (comic strip collection, self-published, May 1)
• The Werewolf Calendar 2013, by various (calendar, The Werewolf Calendar, January 17)

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

• Gunnerkrigg Court, by Tom Siddell (Internet, January 2 to December 31)
• My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (comic book, IDW Publishing, #2 (January 2) to #14 (December 18)
• Prequel (or Making a Cat Cry, The Adventure), by Kazerad (Internet, January 9 to December 22)
• A Redtail’s Dream, by Minna Sundberg (Internet, January 1 to October 23)
• Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, January 2 to December 21)
• TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 5 to December 23)

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

• Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
• Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
• Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
• Sequential Art, by Phillip M. Jackson (Internet, #820 to #867)
• The Three Jaguars, by M. C. A. Hogarth (Internet, January 1 to November 25)

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.

• ActFur On Air (Internet podcast; Season 5)
• Claw & Quill, edited by Watts Martin (Internet magazine; #1, October 29)
• Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
• Fur What It’s Worth (Internet podcast; Season 2, episode 19 to Season 3, episode 13)
• Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet magazine; October 3 to December 31)
• In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet magazine; January 2 to December 28)

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

• Abluedeer, cover of The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
• Blotch, cover of Divisions, by Kyell Gold (Sofawolf Press, January 17)
• Dark Natasha, painting, “Matthias Ready for Battle” (The Metamor Keep website, February 3)
• Dolphyn (Justin Swatsworth), illustration in Anthrocon 2013 conbook, page 19 (“Street Rave”)
• RedCoatCat, cover of Furnal Equinox 2013 conbook

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

• Animal Crossing: New Leaf (developer and publisher: Nintendo; June 9)
• Duck Tales Remastered (developer: Way Forward Technologies; publisher: Capcom; August 13)
• Dust: An Elysian Tail (developer: Humble Hearts, Dean Dodrill; publisher: Microsoft Studios; May 24)
• Pokémon X&Y (developer: Game Freak; publisher: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company; October 12)
• Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (developer: Sanzaru Games; publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment; February 5)
• The Wolf Among Us (developer and publisher: Telltale Games; December 24)

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

• [adjective][species] (furry fandom commentary specialty site; January 2 to December 26)
• Equestria Daily (My Little Pony specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
• FurAffinity (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
• Inkbunny (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
• WikiFur (general furry information/history; January 1 to December 31)


Recommendations for inclusion in the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now open.
Please send in your recommendations for the 2014 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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