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)
About the authorFred Patten — read stories — contact (login required)
a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics
1. I am so frikkin' glad Big Hero 6 wasn't nominated.
2. Would've rather seen Rio 2 and The Penguins of Madagascar then, ironically, two movies that made my top ten year end list, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The LEGO Movie. Just not furry enough.
3.Going to go out on a limb here, but I think Mary E. Lowd is the favorite to win Best Short Fiction.
4. Hey, next year, maybe wait until after nomination day to slag the awards, [a][s] (also, and I can't stress this enough, but category fraud; it works).
I don't recall [a][s] slagging the awards. If you're talking about http://adjectivespecies.com/2015/02/16/the-value-of-the-ursa-major-awards/ , I don't think that's any worse than you or I have said about them in certain circumstances.
Namely when Avatar beat Mr. Fox, or the Vampire expansion of Skyrim beat Dust: An Elysian Tail.
That's about as close to "mean" as J.M. gets (though I am exaggerating for humorous effect).
I really don't think it cost them a nomination, though; Furry Writer's Guild had a good year last year, and the other four are pretty much fixtures. [a][s] got the squeeze.
Memo to self: Don't reply and then try to make a new comment. The new comment will reply to the comment you just replied to...
No nomination for Finsterworld, the fantastic feature film with fursuiters that was an oscar contender, because nobody could see it :(
I recently got approval from the director for it to headline a furry film fest. Now if there were only a few people who wanted to organize a film fest...
Interestingly when Five Nights at Freddy's came out I thought it had a chance of actually beating Pokemon this year. Then they came out with a second one... which will essentially divide up the vote so that Pokemon may conquer. I'd say to those voting for Freddy, you need to focus your attention on the main title. Don't vote for Five Nights 2 unless you want it to lose.
I am under no delusions of Freedom Planet standing a chance, though it's my favorite of the bunch. I can at least feel comfort that it won't be beaten by a vampire DLC.
It is clear, in the case of short stories, that one avid fanbase can run the gambit on nominations. Depending on the numbers behind it that means that it'll be either impossible for anyone else to get nominated, or all it'll take is some other short story writer to come around and focus fire their way into the Ursa Majors. Essentially all they'll have to say is "Hey, want to see someone else other than Mary E. Loyd nominated?"
That being said my work "The Curators" was published in the Furry future this year. Just so you know.
Though I'm sure you could find a better work in the Anthology to focus your nominations on.
(Lunar Cavity wins the 2015 Ursa Short stories)
Correction: Renee Carter Hall is the author of Huntress in the Best Novel category. Not me.
Also, if anyone would like to read the nominated short stories, I'm making them all available for free while voting is open: http://marylowd.com/uma2015.html
Well, congratulations on your domination of the category!
Also, Green Reaper usually links to the individual stories (and artworks), but I put the list together this year, and I'm lazier. So, thanks for the links.
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