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petercat
11:09 pm - Ursa Major Awards voting now underway
Voting for the Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2011 is now open, and takes place until May 4. The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony at CaliFur VIII in Irvine, CA on June 2. Anyone may vote, and you are encouraged to ask your friends to vote also -- please help spread the word! To vote, go to http://www.ursamajorawards.org/Voting.htm .

There are five nominees in each of eleven categories, except where there was a tie for fifth place.

To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2011; must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination.

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

  • Bitter Lake (Directed by Shay)

  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (Directed by Jennifer Yuh)

  • Puss in Boots (Directed by Chris Miller)

  • Rango (Directed by Gore Verbinski)

  • Rio (Directed by Carlos Saldanha)


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

  • Mongrels (Directed by Adam Millar, Jon Brown, Daniel Peak)

  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Directed by James Wootton)

  • Regular Show (Directed by Benton Conor, Calvin Wong, Kat Morris, Sean Szeles, J. G. Quintel, Minty Lewis, and others)

  • Simon's Cat (Directed by Simon Tofield)

  • ThunderCats (Directed by Michael Jelenic, Todd Casey, Tab Murphy, and others)


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

  • Black Dogs, Part 2, by Ursula Vernon

  • Death Drop, by Sean Allen

  • Isolation Play, by Kyell Gold

  • Red Sails in the Fallout, by Paul Kidd

  • Smiley and the Hero, by Ryan Campbell


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

  • A Safety Weasel Christmas, by Gene Breshears

  • Argo, by Rick Griffin

  • Fetching Asteroids, by Mary E. Lowd

  • How to Get Through the Day, by Kyell Gold

  • Let's Play Musical Chairs, by K. M. Hirosaki

  • Shreddy and the Zomb-Dogs, by Mary E. Lowd

  • Where the Heart Is, by Mary E. Lowd and Daniel Lowd


Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.

  • Dragon's Hoard #1, by various (Rabbit Valley)

  • Fur-Piled #5, by Leo Magna

  • In the Doghouse of Justice, by Kyell Gold

  • Nordguard, Book One, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet

  • Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe, Omnibus 1, by various (Tai-Pan Literary & Arts Project)


Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.

  • Endtown, by Aaron Neathery

  • Fur-Piled, by Leo Magna

  • Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake

  • Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler

  • Red Lantern, by Rukis and Alector Fencor


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

  • Ballerina Mafia, by Immelmann

  • Doc Rat, by Jenner

  • Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken

  • Housepets!, by Rick Griffin

  • Sandra and Woo, by Powree and Oliver Knörzer


Best Magazine
Professional magazines, amateur zines, fanzines, internet-only magazines.

  • Allasso

  • Anthro

  • Flayrah

  • South Fur Lands

  • Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe


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

  • Equestria Daily

  • Fur Affinity

  • Furry Writers' Guild

  • Inkbunny

  • WikiFur


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

  • Blotch, cover of Isolation Play

  • Blotch, cover of Nordguard, Book One

  • Jason Chan, cover of Red Sails in the Fallout

  • Sara Palmer, cover of Weasel Presents

  • Rosenthal, “FBA 2012 season opener” painting

  • C. D. Woodbury, cover of Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #48


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

  • O-kamiden

  • Pokemon: Black and White

  • Solatorobo: Red the Hunter

  • Sonic Generations

  • Star Fox 64 3D



Note: There was some confusion over whether Nordguard, Book One should go into the Best Other Literary Work or the Best Graphic Story category. It was pointed out that previous book collections of graphic stories have been collected reprints of works already serialized separately, whereas Nordguard, Book One is the first publication of this graphic story. After consideration, the majority of the ALAA has decided to leave it in the Best Other Literary Work category.




More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Awards, the Ursa Major Awards are presented annually for excellence in the furry arts. They are intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalent of the Hugo Awards presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth.

The Ursa Major Awards are administered by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts. Discussions are ongoing to improve their effectiveness and expand their presence throughout furry fandom. All suggestions are invited via the Ursa Major Awards website.

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From:malinandrolo
Date:April 5th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)

Consistency

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[Malin] This note with the nominees amused me:

"Note: There was some confusion over whether Nordguard, Book One should go into the Best Other Literary Work or the Best Graphic Story category. It was pointed out that previous book collections of graphic stories have been collected reprints of works already serialized separately, whereas Nordguard, Book One is the first publication of this graphic story. After consideration, the majority of the ALAA has decided to leave it in the Best Other Literary Work category."

Of course, when you look back at the 2008 slate, Blotch's "Dog's Days of Summer," a collected reprint of work partially serialized online, was put into the Best Other Literary Work category, while Heathen City #1, the first publication of that graphic story (exactly the same situation as the Nordguard book), was placed into the new Best Graphic Story category.

So I'd be interested to hear the reasoning behind leaving a book that is "the first publication of a graphic story" out of the "Best Graphic Story" category. Because the above note doesn't really address that.
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From:Ryffnah
Date:March 20th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)

Correction

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There's an error on this page: the short story, "Where the Heart Is," is listed as having two authors. In actual fact, it is a single author work, written by Mary E. Lowd.
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From:petercat
Date:March 20th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Correction

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Thanks for the correction!

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