Voting begins as 2013 Ursa Major Awards ballot released
Here is the final ballot for the 2013 Ursa Major Awards. The voting is among the five titles in each category getting the most nominations. In several categories, there are six finalists because of ties for fifth place. In the Best Short Fiction category, only four finalists are listed because of too many ties for fifth place.
Voting is now open. Due to a technical issue, nominators will need to acquire a new key. The deadline is April 30.
As is not unusual, there were so many nominations for the fourth, fifth, and sixth place nominees in most categories that one more nomination could have made the difference between a title’s getting on the final ballot or not. Please nominate next year.
The 2013 Ursa Major Awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony at the CaliFur X convention, May 30-June 1, 2014, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612.
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- The Croods (directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, February 15)
- Despicable Me 2 (directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, July 3)
- Frozen (directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, November 27)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (directed by Peter Jackson, December 13)
- Monsters University (directed by Dan Scanlon, June 21)
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (directed by Jayson Thiessen, June 16)
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Adventure Time (created by Pendleton Ward and produced by Larry Lechliter, Adam Muto, Nate Cash, David OReilly [a.k.a. O’Reilly], and Elizabeth Ito for Cartoon Network, Season 5 episodes 6 to 43)
- Bee and PuppyCat (directed by Natasha Allegri; episodes 1 and 2)
- Bravest Warriors (directed by Breehan Burns; Season 1, episode 7 to Season 2, episode 5)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (directed by James Thiessen & James Wooton; Season 3, episode 10 to Season 4, episode 7)
- What Does the Fox Say? (original) (directed by Ylvis; September 3)
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
- Corr Syl the Warrior, by Garry Rogers (CreateSpace, May 22)
- Otters in Space II: Jupiter, Deadly, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
- Skyfire, by Jess E. Owen (Five Elements Press, December 26)
- The Thin Line, by E. O. Costello (FurAffinity, September 18)
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
- Fox in the Hen House, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
- In a Cat’s Eyes, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
- Indigo Rain, by Watts Martin (FurPlanet Publications, January 17)
- The Monkeytown Raid, by Roz Gibson (in What Happens Next, edited by Fred Patten; FurPlanet Publications, July 4)
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.
- Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition, by Ursula Vernon (comic strip collection, Sofawolf Press, November 15)
- Dogs of War, by Shiela Keenan (story) & Nathan Fox (art) (illustrated comic book novel, Scholastic/Graphix, October 29)
- Housepets! Are Gonna Sniff Everybody (Housepets! Book 4), by Rick Griffin (comic strip collection, CreateSpace, July 25)
- My Little Pony Annual 2013, by various (comic book annual, IDW Publishing, October 30)
- Slightly Damned, Book 2, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (comic strip collection, self-published, May 1)
- The Werewolf Calendar 2013, by various (calendar, The Werewolf Calendar, January 17)
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
- Gunnerkrigg Court, by Tom Siddell (Internet, January 2 to December 31)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (comic book, IDW Publishing, #2 (January 2) to #14 (December 18))
- Prequel (or Making a Cat Cry, The Adventure), by Kazerad (Internet, January 9 to December 22)
- A Redtail’s Dream, by Minna Sundberg (Internet, January 1 to October 23)
- Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, January 2 to December 21)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 5 to December 23)
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
For newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
- Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
- Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
- Sequential Art, by Phillip M. Jackson (Internet, #820 to #867)
- The Three Jaguars, by M. C. A. Hogarth (Internet, January 1 to November 25)
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.
- ActFur On Air (Internet podcast; Season 5, episode 1 (June 9) to Season 5, episode 6 (December 9))
- Claw & Quill, edited by Watts Martin (Internet magazine; #1, October 29)
- Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
- Fur What It’s Worth (Internet podcast; Season 2, episode 19 (January 6) to Season 3, episode 13 (December 14))
- Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet magazine; October 3 to December 31)
- In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet magazine; January 2 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
- A Blue Deer, cover of The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
- Blotch, cover of Divisions, by Kyell Gold (Sofawolf Press, January 17)
- Dark Natasha, painting, Matthias, Ready for Battle (The Metamor Keep website, February 3)
- Dolphyn (Justin Swatsworth), illustration (Street Rave) in Anthrocon 2013 conbook, page 19
- RedCoatCat, cover of Furnal Equinox 2013 conbook
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (developer and publisher: Nintendo; June 9)
- DuckTales: Remastered (developer: Way Forward Technologies; publisher: Capcom; August 13)
- Dust: An Elysian Tail (developer: Humble Hearts, Dean Dodrill; publisher: Microsoft Studios; May 24)
- Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (developer: Game Freak; publisher: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company; October 12)
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (developer: Sanzaru Games; publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment; February 5)
- The Wolf Among Us (developer and publisher: Telltale Games; December 24)
Best Anthropomorphic Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works; galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- [adjective][species] (furry fandom commentary speciality site; January 2 to December 26)
- Equestria Daily (My Little Pony speciality site; January 1 to December 31)
- Fur Affinity (furry art speciality site; January 1 to December 31)
- Inkbunny (furry art speciality site; January 1 to December 31)
- WikiFur (general furry information/history; January 1 to December 31)
Also, the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphic List is now online. You may submit recommendations for the best in anthropomorphic literature and arts first published or released during the 2014 calendar year.