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2017 Leo Awards winners announced

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Presenting the Leo Awards! Established in 2017 to highlight exceptional works of literature in furry fandom, it joins our other two awards, the Cóyotls and the Ursa Majors.

The Ursa Major Awards, established in 2001, are a recognition of furry media across several categories, only some of which are literary. Anyone in the fandom can nominate and vote. The Cóyotl awards, formed in 2012, are specifically literary, and are selected by members of the Furry Writers' Guild – although winners don't have to be in that group.

The Leo Awards have a different arrangement. It was founded by Furry Book Review, a multi-author blog started by Thurston Howl of Thurston Howl Publications (which is separate from the Awards). Nominations can come from the blog's reviewers, or from published authors with enough credibility. Reviewers aren't required to be writers themselves, so the prolific reader can have a say in nominating the stories they like the best.

Voting is conducted by a panel of judges, all of whom are recently published authors, including some from outside furry fandom. Interestingly, multiple titles can win in each category! When that happens, there is no "best" - each winner makes the cut if they manage to be recommended by at least two-thirds of the judges, who can vote for multiple works.

So without further ado, we have the results of the 2017 Leo Awards announced at Anthrocon 2018 on Saturday, July 7! In no particular order, the winner(s) and nominees in each category are:

Novels

Novellas

Anthologies

Short Stories

Poems

Nonfiction

Congratulations everyone! Here's looking forward to next year's awards - and if you're interested in helping out, drop by the Furry Book Review.

Dronon and Sonious are members of the Furry Writers' Guild; Flayrah contributor Rakuen Growlithe is also a contributor to Furry Book Review.

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Congratulations to everyone! I didn't vote or anything because I didn't feel I'd read enough of the books. But extra special congratulations to Jako Malan as a fellow South African! I bought reWritten at last year's Eurofurence but I just haven't got around to reading it.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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reWritten is good. They're all good. Congratulations!

Fred Patten

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And thanks to Dronon for getting this posted so quickly; the winners PLUS all the nominees, and with a tremendous variety of weblinks!

Fred Patten

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I wrote up the draft the weekend before - it was a holiday weekend, so it was a good time to hunt down the links. Plus I wanted to fact-check with Thurston to make sure I'd gotten the details right. Sonious attended the ceremony at Anthrocon to take notes, but his phone gave out on him. Thankfully FBR published the winners on their Twitter account! And by the time I got home from a housewarming party that night, it was after 1 a.m. and I was, uh, a bit tipsy to do HTML editing. I took it slow and matched up online handles with the winners' names.

Also what I found out from Twitter - the winners all received cute little lion plushes!

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I have requested a high-resolution publicity photo of that cute little lion plushie. I'm writing a book, "Anthropomorphic Literature, 1784-2018", to be published next year, and it will include the logos and a picture of the trophies of all three furry literary awards. The Ursa Major and Cóyotl Award administrators have already sent theirs. The Leo Literary Award lion plushies were designed and all made by Thurston Howl Publications' Art Director, Tabsley Abernathy.

Fred Patten

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