2016 Ursa Major Awards vote is now open
The 2016 Ursa Major Awards vote has been opened! Send them your e-mail address, and you can vote for any of the nominations in 12 categories. Voting closes on Sunday, April 30. Please pass on this annoucement if you're on a furry message forum or social media site!
This year's nominees are...
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Finding Dory (Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; June 17)
- Kung Fu Panda 3 (Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni; January 29)
- The Secret Life of Pets (Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney; July 8)
- Sing (Directed by Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet; December 21)
- Zootopia (Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush; February 11)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Bunnicula (Directed by Jessica Borutski, Maxwell Atoms, Robert F. Hughes, Matthew Whitlock, and Ian Wasseluk; Season 1 episodes 1 to 8 [TV])
- The Lion Guard (Directed by Howy Parkins; Season 1 episodes 1 to 22 [TV])
- Littlest Pet Shop (Directed by Joel Dickie, Steven Garcia, and Mike Myhre; Season 4 episode 10 to Season 4 episode 26 [TV])
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen, Jim Miller, Tim Stuby, and Denny Lu; Season 6 episodes 1 to 26 [TV])
- Petals (Directed by Andrea Gallo and Alvaro Dominguez; November 29 [student film])
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Dog Country, by Malcolm F. Cross (Amazon Digital Services; March 28)
- Fracture, by Hugo Jackson (Inspired Quill; September 1)
- My Diary, by Fredrick Usiku Kruger, Lieutenant of the Rackenroon Hyena Brigade, by Kathy Garrison Kellog (The Cross Time Cafe; April 2)
- The Origin Chronicles: Mineau, by Justin Swatsworth (Dolphyn Visions; June 14)
- Sixes Wild: Echoes, by Tempe O'Kun (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short Written works.
- 400 Rabbits, by Alice "Huskyteer" Dryden, in Gods With Fur (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
- A Gentleman of Strength, by Dwale, in Claw the Way to Victory (Jaffa Books; January 24)
- Marge the Barge, by Mary E. Lowd, in Claw the Way to Victory (Jaffa Books; January 24)
- Questor's Gambit, by Mary E. Lowd, in Gods With Fur (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
- Sheeperfly's Lullaby, by Mary E. Lowd, in GoAL #2 (Goal Publications; March 27)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- Claw the Way to Victory, ed. by AnthroAquatic (Jaffa Books; January 24 [anthology])
- Gods With Fur, ed. by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions; June 30 [anthology])
- Hot Dish #2, ed. by Dark End (Sofawolf Press; December 1 [anthology])
- The Muse, by Alex Cockburn (Rabbit Valley Publishing; March [background booklet for Lucid's Dream])
- ROAR volume 7, ed. by Mary E. Lowd (Bad Dog Books; June 30 [anthology])
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
- The Art of Zootopia, by Jessica Julius (Chronicle Books; March 8 [book; making of feature film])
- Burned Furs and How You Perceive Porn (Culturally F'd: After Dark; October 6 [podcast])
- CSI: Fur Fest; The Unsolved Case of the Gas Attack at a Furry Convention, by Jennifer Swann (VICE Media; February 10 [Internet])
- Fursonas (Directed by Dominic Rodriguez; May 10 [documentary film])
- 17 Misconceptions About Furries and the Furry Fandom (Culturally F'd #23; February 11 [podcast])
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler (Internet; Lackadaisy Sabbatical to Lackadaisy Headlong)
- Lucid's Dream, by Alex Cockburn (Rabbit Valley Publishing; March)
- Swords and Sausages, by Jan (Internet; January 10 to December 25)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet; January 6 to December 25)
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Carry On, by Kathy Garrison (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
- Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
- Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
- Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
- SaveState, by Tim Weeks (Internet; January 6 to December 28)
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.
- Dogpatch Press, ed. by Patch Packrat (Internet; January 4 to December 20)
- Fangs and Fonts (Podcast; episodes #57 to #72)
- Flayrah, ed. by crossaffliction and GreenReaper (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
- Fur What It's Worth (Podcast; Season 5 episode #8 to Season 6 episode #8)
- InFurNation, ed. by Rod O'Riley (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- Tracy J. Butler, cover of Anthrocon 2016 Souvenir Book
- Dolphyn, "Hey Baby, You're the Cat's Meow!" in Anthrocon 2016 Souvenir Book
- Teagan Gavet, cover of Gods With Fur, ed. by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions, June 30)
- Iskra, "Autumn", FurAffinity, October 22
- Jenn 'Pac' Rodriguez, cover of Claw the Way to Victory, ed. by AnthroAquatic (Jaffa Books, January 24)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Bear Simulator (Developer and Publisher: Farjay Studios; February 26)
- Major \ Minor (Developer: Klace; Publisher: Steam; October 11)
- Overwatch (Developer and Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment; May 24)
- Pokémon Sun & Moon (Developer: Game Freak; Publishers: Nintendo and the Pokémon Company; November 18)
- Stories: The Path of Destinies (Developer and Publisher: Spearhead Games; April 12)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- Culturally F'd (some mature content). (You Tube Channel, furry videos)
- E621 (mature content). (Furry fandom art community site)
- FurAffinity (some mature content). (furry art specialty site)
- The Furry Writers' Guild (Internet [FWG news & discussion])
- WikiFur. (general furry information/history)