Vote for the 2018 Ursa Major Awards to support the best works of furry fandom.
by Patch O'Furr
Go here to vote for the 2018 Ursa Major Awards. The deadline is March 31.
Before nominees were chosen, the 2018 Recommended Anthropomorphics List made a much longer collection of suggested works. It’s useful as a guide for those looking for new furry stuff (and those interested in the recently added fursuit category may want to see the special requirements there.)
Please share this announcement, and help raise attention for the furry fandom equivalent of the Hugo awards for science fiction. They’re chosen by fans, not committee. Volunteers do the hard work of publicizing, organizing, counting votes, and mailing out engraved awards. These volunteers are the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting works that furries love. They welcome suggestions for how to expand this effort.
The ALAA is supported by donations via PayPal (email@example.com) with 100% of the money going towards cost of the awards. Please consider donating.
The ALAA has done this for many years with only very modest help, and previously had stories here about lacking resources. One of the founders, Fred Patten, has recently passed away. In March 2018, member Bernard Doove commented:
The ALAA has needed volunteers for years, but we have lost members rather than gained, and we are all doing as much as possible to keep the Ursa Major Awards running. I’ll be donating money from my personal funds once again for the 2017 Award trophies, and I will be flying up to Queensland where the awards ceremony will be held at FurDU this year in order to run the event. The cost of that comes out of my own pocket too. I’m willing to do my bit for the cause, but we desperately need more people with the skills required to improve it.
Check out the UMA tag to learn more about them. Here’s the nominees for 13 categories. Winners will be announced on May 23–26 at AnthrOhio 2019.
The voting for the 2018 Ursa Major Awards has begun!
— Ursa Major Awards (@UrsaMajorAwards) March 1, 2019
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Isle of Dogs
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Peter Rabbit
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Aggretsuko (Season 1, 11 episodes)
- Bojack Horseman (Season 5, 12 episodes)
- Brush: A Fox Tale (animated short by Willi Anton and Faustina Arriola)
- DuckTales (2017 Reboot, Seasons 1-2, episodes 10-29)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 8, 27 episodes)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Cosmic Lotus, by Bernard Doove (CreateSpace)
- Once A Dog, by Shaune Lafferty Webb. (Jaffa Books)
- Small World, by Gre7g Luterman. (Thurston Howl Publications)
- The Snake’s Song (excerpt), by Mary E. Lowd. (ShadowSpinners Press)
- Voyage of the Dogs, by Greg van Eekhout. (HarperCollins)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short written works.
- The Beating of Wild Hooves, by Dwale. (In CLAW, volume 1, Bad Dog Books) [Mature Audiences]
- Come To Todor!, by Fred Patten. (In Exploring New Places, FurPlanet Productions)
- A Legend in His Own Time, by Fred Patten. (In What the Fox?!, Thurston Howl Publications)
- Of Starwhals and Spaceships, by Mary E. Lowd. (In Daily Science Fiction)
- Uri’s Bitterweet Story, by Uranium 235. (CrossTime Cafe)
(If anyone has better links to story excerpts for the last two categories, let us know.)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- CLAW, Volume 1, edited by K.C. Alpinus. (FurPlanet Productions) [Mature Audiences]
- Heat 15, produced by Dark End, Teagan Gavet. (Sofawolf Press) [Mature Audiences]
- ROAR 9, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productions)
- Tales From the Guild: World Tour, edited by Ocean Tigrox. (FurPlanet Productions)
- What the Fox?!, edited by Fred Patten. (Thurston Howl Publications)
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
- The Day that Fandom died – November 12th, 2018 – Loss of a creator and a super fan (World in Rooview)
- Furries assist, help lead to arrest of Levi “SnakeThing” Simmons (World in Rooview)
- Furries – Down the Rabbit Hole (Fredrik Knudsen)
- Fursuit History, parts 1 to 5 (Culturally F’d)
- This is Life with Lisa Ling: Furry Nation (CNN)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- Dreamkeepers, by David & Liz Lillie.
- DreamKeepers Prelude, by David & Liz Lillie.
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler.
- Rising Sand, by Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee. [Couldn’t find a sufficiently anthro page to link to.]
- Scurry, by Mac Smith.
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg.
- Doc Rat, by Jenner.
- Freefall, by Mark Stanley.
- Part Time Dragons, by Spike Parra and Donna Vu.
- The Whiteboard, by Doc Nickel.
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.
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- Ashley Ash, Will You Be My Valentine. [Published in… ?]
- Tracy Butler, Murder in Surfer’s Paradise, cover of FurDU 2018 conbook.
- Caraid, Pirates!, website art for Furry Weekend Atlanta 2019.
- Demicoeur, cover for Exploring New Places, short story anthology.
- Teagan Gavet, cover for CLAW, Volume 1, short story anthology.
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Deltarune: Chapter 1 (Developer: Toby Fox)
- Detective Pikachu (English release) (Developer: Creatures, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)
- Ghost of a Tale (Developer and Publisher: SeithCG)
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! (Developer: Game Freak, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Developer, Toys for Bob, Publisher, Activision)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- e621 (art website) [Mature Audiences]
- Furry Writers’ Guild (Supporting, informing, elevating, and promoting quality anthropomorphic fiction and its creators)
- Inkbunny (art website) [Mature Audiences]
- Lackadaisy.com (art and webcomic site)
- WikiFur (furry fandom encyclopedia)
- Penelope, made by Dludnerad and Paul Kidd, owned by Paul Kidd.
- Ravtrag, made by Suit-a-dile, owned by Ravtrag.
- SonicFox, made by Yamishizen/Fursuit Enterprise.
- Zabivaka, FIFA World Cup Mascot 2018.
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