Voting starts for the 2018 Ursa Major Awards
The 2018 Ursa Major Awards voting window has been opened! Send them your e-mail address, and you can vote for any of the nominations in 13 categories. Voting closes on Sunday, March 31. The winners will be announced at AnthrOhio 2019 (May 23–26).
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This year's nominees are...
(* Note: an asterisk means the nominee was not submitted to the 2018 Recommended Anthropomorphics List)
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Isle of Dogs
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Peter Rabbit
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Aggretsuko (Season 1, 11 episodes)
- Bojack Horseman (Season 5, 12 episodes)
- Brush: A Fox Tale (animated short by Willi Anton and Faustina Arriola)
- DuckTales (2017 Reboot, Seasons 1-2, episodes 10-29)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Season 8, 27 episodes)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Cosmic Lotus (excerpt?), by Bernard Doove (CreateSpace)
- Once A Dog, by Shaune Lafferty Webb. (Jaffa Books)
- Small World, by Gre7g Luterman. (Thurston Howl Publications)
- The Snake's Song (excerpt), by Mary E. Lowd. (ShadowSpinners Press)
- Voyage of the Dogs, by Greg van Eekhout. (HarperCollins)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short written works.
- The Beating of Wild Hooves, by Dwale. (excerpt) (In CLAW, volume 1, Bad Dog Books) [Mature Audiences]
- Come To Todor!, by Fred Patten.† (In Exploring New Places, FurPlanet Productions)
- A Legend in His Own Time, by Fred Patten.† (In What the Fox?!, Thurston Howl Publications)
- Of Starwhals and Spaceships, by Mary E. Lowd. (In Daily Science Fiction)
- Uri's Bitterweet Story, by Uranium 235. (CrossTime Cafe)
(If anyone has better links to story excerpts for the last two categories, let us know.)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- CLAW, Volume 1, edited by K.C. Alpinus. (FurPlanet Productions) [Mature Audiences] *
- Heat 15, produced by Dark End, Teagan Gavet. (Sofawolf Press) [Mature Audiences]
- ROAR 9, edited by Mary E. Lowd. (FurPlanet Productions)
- Tales From the Guild: World Tour, edited by Ocean Tigrox. (FurPlanet Productions)
- What the Fox?!, edited by Fred Patten.† (Thurston Howl Publications)
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
- The Day that Fandom died - November 12th, 2018 - Loss of a creator and a super fan (World in Rooview)
- Furries assist, help lead to arrest of Levi "SnakeThing" Simmons (World in Rooview)
- Furries - Down the Rabbit Hole (Fredrik Knudsen)
- Fursuit History, parts 1 to 5 (Culturally F'd)
- This is Life with Lisa Ling: Furry Nation (CNN)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- Dreamkeepers, by David & Liz Lillie. *
- DreamKeepers Prelude, by David & Liz Lillie. *
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler. *
- Rising Sand, by Ty Dunitz and Jenn Lee. [Couldn't find a sufficiently anthro page to link to.] *
- Scurry, by Mac Smith.
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg.
- Doc Rat, by Jenner.
- Freefall, by Mark Stanley. *
- Part Time Dragons, by Spike Parra and Donna Vu. *
- The Whiteboard, by Doc Nickel.
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.
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- Ashley Ash, Will You Be My Valentine. [Published in... ?]
- Tracy Butler, Murder in Surfer's Paradise, cover of FurDU 2018 conbook.
- Caraid, Pirates!, website art for Furry Weekend Atlanta 2019.
- Demicoeur, cover for Exploring New Places, short story anthology.
- Teagan Gavet, cover for CLAW, Volume 1, short story anthology.
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Deltarune: Chapter 1 (Developer: Toby Fox)
- Detective Pikachu (English release) (Developer: Creatures, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)
- Ghost of a Tale (Developer and Publisher: SeithCG)
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! (Developer: Game Freak, Publishers: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company)
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy (Developer, Toys for Bob, Publisher, Activision)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- e621 (art website) [Mature Audiences]
- Furry Writers' Guild (Supporting, informing, elevating, and promoting quality anthropomorphic fiction and its creators)
- Inkbunny (art website) [Mature Audiences] *
- Lackadaisy.com (art and webcomic site) *
- WikiFur (furry fandom encyclopedia)
- Penelope, made by Dludnerad and Paul Kidd, owned by Paul Kidd.
- Ravtrag, made by Suit-a-dile, owned by Ravtrag. *
- SonicFox, made by Yamishizen/Fursuit Enterprise. *
- Zabivaka, FIFA World Cup Mascot 2018.
Good luck to everyone! And if you have the time to vote, why not also e-mail suggestions for the 2019 Recommended Anthropomorphics List?