Voting for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards now open
Voting for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards, for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of the 2014 calendar year in eleven categories, is now open. The voting is open from March 15 to April 15. The awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony at Morphicon 2015, in Columbus, Ohio on April 30 through May 3.
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 2014" 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. Unfortunately, one work that received enough nominations to have appeared on the final ballot was ruled ineligible because it was published in late 2013. 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.
Complete list of nominations available after the break.
Update (3 May): The winners have been announced.
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Matt Reeves, July 11)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (directed by James Gunn, July 31)(Flayrah review)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (directed by Dean DeBlois, June 5)
- The LEGO Movie (directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, February 7)
- Mr. Peabody and Sherman (directed by Paul Grimalt, March 7)
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- The Beach Bears (by MaxGoof, "The Trip to Alberta" chapter 137-170)
- Bojack Horseman (created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg for Netflix, August 22)
- "Furry Force" (College Humor, parts 1 and 2)
- Littlest Pet Shop (supervising director Dallas Parker and directed by Joel Dickie, Season 2 Episode 11 to Season 3 Episode 16)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen and Jim Miller for Hasbro, Season 4 Episode 8 to Season 4 Episode 26)
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Chakat in the Alley, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 17)
- The Forges of Dawn, by E.M. Kinsey (CreateSpace, September 15)
- Huntress, by Renee Carter Hall (in Five Forturnes, edited by Fred Patten, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
- Impossible Magic, by J.F.R. Coates (Jaffa Books, August 18)
- Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
- "A Real Stand-Up Guy", by Daniel and Mary E. Lowd (in Allasso Vol. 3: Storge, April 23)
- "The Best Puppy Ever", by Mary E. Lowd (in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, May 5)
- "The Carousel of Spirits", by Mary E. Lowd (in Sorcerous Signals, February-April)
- "The Wharf Cat's Mermaid", by Mary E. Lowd (in ROAR 5, July)
- "When a Cat Loves a Dog", by Mary E. Lowd (in Five Fortunes, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.
- Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch (FurPlanet, December)
- Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse Press, graphic novel, October 8)(Flayrah review)
- Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten. (FurPlanet Productions, anthology, January 16)
- The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, by various (Dark Horse Books, July 23)(Flayrah review)
- Tales from the Guild: Music to Your Ears, edited by AnthroAquatic (Rabbit Valley Books, anthology, September)
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
- Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake. (Internet, from page 364 to 381)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26)
- Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, page 626 to 674)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 8 to December 23)
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
For newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Carry On, Kathryn Garrison (January 1 to December 31)
- 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)
- Savestate, by Tim Weeks (Internet, February 5 to December 31)
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.
- Allasso, Volume 3: Storge edited by Brian Cook. (Pink Fox Productions, April 23)
- Dogpatch Press, by Patch Packrat (Internet, April 11)
- Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
- In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
- Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet magazine; October 3 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
- ABlueDeer, cover for Chakat in the Alley by James Jordan, Create Space, July 17
- Rukis, wraparound cover for Off the Beaten Path by Rukis (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
- SabretoothedErmine, cover for Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book, December 4
- Terrie Smith, wraparound cover of Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
- WhiteMantis, "I Won't Die Here", Furaffinity, May 8
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Five Nights at Freddy's (developed by Scott Cawthon, published by Steam, August 8th)
- Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (developed by Scott Cawthon, published by Steam, November 11th)
- Freedom Planet (developed and published by GalaxyTrail, July 21st) (Flayrah review)
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch (developed and published by Young Horses, January 30)
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (developed by Game Freak, published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, November 21)
Best Anthropomorphic Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works; galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- Equestria Daily (My Little Pony specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
- Fur Affinity (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
- Furry Writer's Guild (writer support; January 2 to December 26)
- Inkbunny (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
- WikiFur (general furry information/history; January 1 to December 31)