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2015 Ursa Major Awards: Only two weeks left to nominate

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Ursa Major Awards logo by Foxenawolf Have you nominated your choices for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards, for the best new anthropomorphic releases of 2015 in eleven categories? Nominations close on February 29, in only two weeks.

The categories are Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture, Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series, and so on for Novel, Short Fiction, Other Literary Work (anthologies, collections, non-fiction and art books), Graphic Story, Comic Strip, Magazines, Published Illustration, Game and Website. Works first published or released during the 2015 calendar year are eligible. You may make up to five nominations in each category.

Nominations opened on January 14 (the first day of Further Confusion 2016) and have been going on for a month. The nominations will be tallied between March 1 and March 14. The final ballot, consisting of the five titles in each category that receive the most nominations, will be announced on March 15, and voting will take place until April 30. All those who send in nominations will be registered as eligible to vote on the final ballot. Those who did not nominate but wish to vote on the final ballot may register to do so.

The voting will be counted, the winners’ trophies prepared and the results will be announced at the Ursa Major Awards presentation at a ceremony at What the Fur 2016, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Pointe-Claire, Montreal Airport, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 20-22.

If you do not know what is eligible to nominate, the 2015 Anthropomorphic Recommended Reading List has many suggestions.

The Ursa Major Awards and Recommended List are administered by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA). For information, to nominate, and to vote beginning on March 15, go to http://www.ursamajorawards.org/

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Beat me to it fred - i have your announcement scheduled for tomorrow :)

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Let's give some artist credit for that UMA logo. It's by Foxenawolf.

Fred Patten

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Things to nominate! (Potentially.) These aren't on the 2015 Recommended List. In the past I've e-mailed Kay at the last minute with things to add, but this year I missed the deadline. So since we're getting down to the wire here, feel free to post things that aren't on the 2015 Recommended List. :)

Motion Picture:
Regular Show: The Movie.

Dramatic Short Work or Series:
Global Goals for Sustainable Development, United Nations ad.
Ushio and Tora (Or does this get nominated later, once it's out on DVD?)
No Evil, episodes 13-17, by Betsy Lee.

Short Fiction:
Squonk the Dragon, by Pete Butler, now in print form in ROAR volume 6.
Evolver, by Ronald W. Klemp, published in The Furry Future.
The Analogue Cat, by Alice 'Huskyteer' Dryden, published in The Furry Future.

Graphic Story:
The Autumnlands, Vol. 1: Tooth and Claw.
Hotblood! (NSFW), by Toril Orlesky, from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

Magazine:
South Afrifur Pawdcast.
Claw & Quill.
[adjective][species]. (NSFW)
FurCast. (NSFW)

Published Illustration:
(Not many con book covers here. If you've been to a furry con in 2015 and still have the con book, check out the cover illustration. If you like it, nominate it! And what about official con shirt art?)

Game:
Undertale.

Website:
Marfed, comics journalism by Jason Karlson.
Furry Writers' Guild.
Furry reddit.
The Furry Forums.
Gaming Furever.

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I have been urging furry convention committees and individual attendees to scan conbook covers if they are any good, and put them online somewhere so that the ALAA Committee can link to them; but few do. A recommendation of artwork that nobody can see isn't likely to result in many nominations. Some artists post their covers themselves on DeviantArt or FurAffinity, and those are usually added when anyone recommends them.

One published illustration that I consider worth considering nominating if you can see it is Louvelex's wraparound cover for Michael H. Payne's "Rat's Reputation". The front cover is on the Sofawolf Press catalogue, but I don't think that the entire cover is online anywhere.

Fred Patten

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More outside-fandom candidates, TV series: DreamWorks Dragons (season 3?) and PAW Patrol.

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Seen a fair amount of fan-art of the latter popping up. I guess the characters are appealing.

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Best Other Literary Work: "You Can't Get Inside"

If people get upset by bad media, nominate good media...
http://dogpatch.press/2016/02/16/2015-ursa-major-award/

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Oh yeah! Accidental guests! Thanks for reminding me! :-)

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics