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Recommended Anthropomorphics List
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Nominations for 2014
Open Jan 15 Feb 28
Voting for 2014
Begins 15 March 2015
ALAA's Choice Award
ALAA Hall of Fame
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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
The nominations for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards have begun!
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 receive the top five number of nominations will go on to the final voting to be held from 15 March 2015.
Nominations will close at midnight 28 February.
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 2013 Winners
The winners for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2013 were announced at a ceremony at Califur on Saturday 31 May 2014, and are:
Best Motion Picture
Frozen (directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, November 27)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (directed by James Thiessen & James Wooton; Season 3, episode 10 to Season 4, episode 7)
Skyfire, by Jess E. Owen (Five Elements Press, December 26)
Best Short Fiction
The Monkeytown Raid, by Roz Gibson (in What Happens Next, edited by Fred Patten; FurPlanet Publications, July 4)
Best Other Literary Work
Slightly Damned, Book 2, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (comic strip collection, self-published, May 1)
Best Graphic Story
Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, January 2 to December 21)
Best Comic Strip
Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
Best Published Illustration
Blotch, cover of Divisions, by Kyell Gold (Sofawolf Press, January 17)
Pokémon X&Y (developer: Game Freak; publisher: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company; October 12)
FurAffinity (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
ALAA's Choice Award
Children of the Night (animated video by Richard Sirois (Lionheart) and Jordana Gonzalez (Spirit), sung by Kate Covington (Erutan).)
Recommendations for inclusion in the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List are now closed.
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.
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