2015 Ursa Major Awards voting is open until April 15 – here’s the final ballot.

by Patch O'Furr

UMAweb1_2aThe annual awards of furry fandom are open. Getting an award is only a pat on the back… the real reason is to gather things that furries love, and promote them as a creative community. Don’t be sad if something you love isn’t on the list or doesn’t win an award, because it’s not so much a contest as a celebration for everyone.

Or maybe I’m not revealing the Ultimate Power of the award before I ask this…

Please vote for Dogpatch Press for Best Anthropomorphic Magazine.

The precious award will be mine!  Actually ours.  Fred Patten’s writing makes it possible to put out a post every week day.  Managing the editing and writing other original articles is really hard work.  It’s basically a part time job.  Not just for me, but also with help from Pup Mathias and great guest posters (most recently Dronon.) It’s a team effort to maintain an info source this active.

So please do give a minute to vote, and throw one our way if you liked or shared any article from here in 2015.

Fred shares more…

Voting for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards, for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of the 2015 calendar year in eleven categories, is open from now until April 15.  The awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony at What the Fur 2016, in Montreal, Quebec, on May 20-22, 2016.

The eleven categories are: Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture, Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short 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 and Best Anthropomorphic Website.

Voting is open to all! To vote, go to the Ursa Major Awards website and click on “Voting for 2015” at the left. You will receive instructions on how to register to vote. You do not have to vote in every category. Please vote in only those categories in which you feel knowledgeable.

This final ballot has been compiled from those works receiving the most nominations that were eligible. Please check the dates of publication next year to make sure that your nominations are only for works published during the calendar year (January through December) in question.

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture

Live-action or animated feature-length movies.

  • The Good Dinosaur (Directed by Peter Sohn; November 25)
  • Inside Out (Directed by Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen; June 19)
  • The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (Directed by Howy Parkins; November 22)
  • The Peanuts Movie (Directed by Steve Martino; November 6)
  • Shaun the Sheep (Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak; February 5)

Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series

TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

  • Danger Mouse (Directed by Robert Cullen; Season 1 episodes 1-16)
  • Harvey Beaks (Directed by C. H.Greenblatt; Season 1 March 29 to November 15)
  • Littlest Pet Shop (Directed by Joel Dickie and Steven Garcia; Season 3 episode 17 to Season 4 episode 9)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen, Jim Miller, Denny Lu; Season 5 episodes 1 to 26, April 4 to November 28)
  • Tiger’s Eye (Audio Drama Podcast) (Directed by Alexander Shaw; episodes 1 to 25, May 13 to October 29)
  • We Bare Bears (Directed by Manny Hernandez; Season 1 episode 1 to episode 25, July 27 to November 19)

Best Anthropomorphic Novel

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

  • GeneStorm: City in the Sky, by Paul Kidd. (Kitsune Press; May 19)
  • Heart Behind the Mask, by N.”Karmakat” Franzetti. (Smashwords; May 4)
  • In a Dog’s World, by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productions; July 9)
  • Tiger’s Eye, by Alexander Shaw. (CreateSpace; November 5)
  • Windfall, by Tempe O’Kun (FurPlanet Productions; July 9)

Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction

Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.

  • The Analogue Cat, by Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
  • Lunar Cavity, by Mary E. Lowd. (in The Furry Future; FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
  • Pocpsin, by Ursula Vernon. (in Apex Magazine, #68, January 6)
  • Thebe and the Angry Red Eye, by David Hopkins. (in The Furry Future; January 15)
  • Tow, by Watts Martin. (in The Furry Future; January 15)

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work

Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.

  • Furries Among Us, edited by Thurston Howl. (Thurston Howl Publications, essay anthology; July 4)
  • The Furry Future, edited by Fred Patten. (FurPlanet Publications, short story anthology; January 15)
  • Inhuman Acts, edited by Ocean Tigrox. (FurPlanet Productions, short story anthology; September 24)
  • The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productipns, short story collection; September 24)
  • ROAR volume 6, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (Bad Dog Books, short story anthology; July 9)

Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story

Includes comic books and serialized online stories.

  • Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
  • The Golden Week, by Douglas Kim. (Internet; January 2 to December 24)
  • Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler. (Internet; Lackadaisy Congregation to Lackadaisy Inspiration)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, by various. (IDW Publishing; Issues #27 to #38)
  • TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach. (Internet; January 4 to December 23)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip

For newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.

  • Carry On, by Kathryn Garrison. (Internet; January 2 to December 30)
  • Doc Rat, by Jenner. (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
  • Housepets!, by Rick Griffin. (Internet; January 2 to December 30)
  • Peter & Company, by Jonathan Ponikvar. (Internet; page 223 to page 243)
  • Savestate, by Tim Weeks. (Internet; January 7 to December 30)

Best Anthropomorphic 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.

  • Dogpatch Press, edited by Patch Packrat. (Internet; January 5 to December 24)
  • Fangs and Fonts Podcast. (Internet; podcasts #37 to #56)
  • Flayrah, edited by crossaffliction and GreenReaper. (Internet; January 2 to December 31)
  • Heat, edited by Black Teagan, Dark End. (Volume #12; Sofawolf Press; July 9)
  • In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley. (Internet; January 1 to De ember 31)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration

Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.

  • cover of EuroFurence 21 Program Book by Kenket. (September 26)
  • cover of Lost on Dark Trails by Rukis. (FurPlanet Productions; January 15)
  • cover of ROAR volume 6 by Teagan Gavet. (Bad Dog Books; July 9)
  • front cover of Tiger’s Eye by Antonio Torresan (Amazon, November 5)

Best Anthropomorphic Game

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

  • Armello. (League of Geeks; September 1)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3. (Scott Cawthorn; March 2)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest. (Moon Studios; March 11)
  • Undertale. (Toby Fox; September 15)
  • Yo-Kai Watch. (Level-5; November 6)

Best Anthropomorphic Website

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

  • Culturally F’d. YouTube Channel; furry videos)
  • E621. (Furry fandom art community site)
  • FurAffinity. (Furry art specialty site)
  • SoFurry. (Furry artist/writer community)
  • WikiFur. (General furry information/history)