2011 Ursa Major Award winners announced at Califur VIII
1,782 ballots were cast in this year's voting, an increase of almost 30% on last year.
Only the winners were announced at the ceremony. However, due to a policy change voted upon by the ALAA Committee, the vote order of all nominees is available on the UMA website.
Read on for results. The story includes contributions from Fred Patten.
|Best Anthropomorphic Novel||Isolation Play, by Kyell Gold [wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction||"How to Get Through the Day", by Kyell Gold (Gold Standard)|
|Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work||Nordguard, Book One: Across Thin Ice, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet [review, interview]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story||Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake [wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip||Housepets!, by Rick Griffin [wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Magazine||Flayrah, edited by Laurence 'GreenReaper' Parry [wiki, staff]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration||Cover of Nordguard, Book One, by Blotch|
|Best Anthropomorphic Game||Pokémon Black and White (Game Freak) [review, wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture||Kung Fu Panda 2, directed by Jennifer Yuh [review, wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series||My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, directed by James Wootton, developed by Lauren Faust [wiki]|
|Best Anthropomorphic Website||Equestria Daily, led by Shaun Scotellaro [wiki, staff]|
|ALAA's Choice Award||Red Lantern, by Rukis and Alector Fencor [preview, wiki]|
The Ursa Major Awards, administered since 2004 by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association, are intended to feature the "best" furry fandom has to offer, as decided by the fans – similar to the Hugo Award for science fiction and fantasy.
Flayrah's editor GreenReaper, who lives in Texas, was the only winner in attendance at CaliFur VIII to accept his trophy in person. The other recipients will have their trophies sent to them.
This year, the first ALAA’s Choice Award was presented, for an outstanding anthropomorphic work of 2011. The ALAA’s Choice Award, unlike the Ursa Major Awards, is selected by a vote among the fifteen members of the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association.
This year's Awards were featured prominently on WikiFur and Flayrah, both of which became eligible this time around. They are accompanied by an anthology of past Best Short Fiction nominees and winners, which goes on sale at Anthrocon 2012 (mail pre-orders are available).