2017 Ursa Major Awards vote is now open
The 2017 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 Saturday, March 31. 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.
- Ferdinand (Directed by Carlos Saldanha; December 15)
- Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (Directed by James Gunn; May 5)
- My Little Pony: The Movie (Directed by Jayson Thiessen; October 6)
- Rock Dog (Directed by Ash Brannon; February 24)
- War for the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Matt Reeves; July 14)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Doodle Toons (Directed by Jack C; Pilot episode to "Deleted Scene: Fast Food Follies")
- Duck Tales [2017 reboot] (Directed by John Aoshima, Dana Terrace; Season 1, August 12 to December 2)
- Here's the Plan (Directed by Fernanda Frick; April 27)
- Kouka and Bibi (by Dan Variano; January 8)
- Mascot Fur Life (Directed by Jens Wernstedt; December 23)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by Jim Miller, Tim Stuby, Denny Lu, Mike Myhre; Season 7, episodes 1 to 26)
- OK KO! Let's Be Heroes (Directed by Hwang Ki-hoo, Chang-woo Shin, Sunjae Lee, Byungjae Oh, Eunyung Byun, Sunhung Kim; Season 1 Episode 1 to 42)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- Always Gray in Winter, by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
- Black Friday, by Jan Stryvant (CreateSpace; September 8)
- Kismet, by Watts Martin (Argyll Productions, FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
- The Wayward Astronomer, by Geoffrey Thomas (Corvus Publishing; May 9)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short written works.
- Behesht, by Dwale (in ROAR volume 8; June 30)
- Beyond the Great Divide, by S.H. Mansouri (in Cirsova Heroic Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine #5; Spring 2017)
- Lieutenant Kruger and the Mistress Jade Trophy Game, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (in The Cross Time Cafe; October 5)
- The Moon Like an Unhatched Egg, by Mary E. Lowd (in Symbol of a Nation; June 30)
- Rickety V, by Rechan (in Intimate Little Secrets; March 24)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- Arcana: A Tarot Anthology, edited by Madison Scott-Clary (anthology; Thurston Howl Publications; November 9)
- Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten (anthology; FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- Intimate Little Secrets, by Rechan (collection; FurPlanet Productions; March 24)
- ROAR volume 8, edited by Mary E. Lowd (anthology; Bad Dog Books; June 30)
- Symbol of a Nation, edited by Fred Patten (anthology; GoAL Publications; June 30)
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
- Furries Among Us 2; More Essays On Furries By Furries, edited by Thurston Howl (Thurston Howl Productions; August 18)
- Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015, by Fred Patten (McFarland & Co.; January 3)
- Furry Nation, by Joe Strike (Cleis Press; October 10)
- The Shocking Furry Fandom Conversation. Yes, Really! (on YouTube, featuring Stefan Molyneux; October 16)
- 3 Ursa Major-ly Painful Victories, by Rooview (on YouTube; April 23)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- A&H Club, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 7 to November 25)
- DreamKeepers, by David & Liz Lillie (Internet; January 2 [#340] to December 18 [#385])
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery (Internet; January 2 to December 25)
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler (Internet; Lackadaisy Gimmickry to Lackadaisy Deliria)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet; January 5 to December 28)
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
- Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet; January 4 to December 29)
- DreamKeepers Prelude, by David & Liz Lillie (Internet; January 6 [#350] to December 28 [#393])
- Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet; January 2 to December 29)
- Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 2 to December 29)
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 5 to December 25)
- Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper, Sonious, and Dronon (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
- FurryFandom.es, edited by Mike Retriever (Internet; February 19 to October 9)
- InFurNation, ed. by Rod O'Riley (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
- Typewriter Emergencies: A Journal of Furry Lit, edited by Weasel (Weasel Press; May)
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- Bone, cover for Always Gray in Winter by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
- Baron Engel, Prepare to Engage the Enemy, cover for A Different Perspective by Bernard Doove (June 8)
- Ashley Foy, Valentine's Gifts (February 14)
- Teagan Gavet, cover for Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- Teagan Gavet, cover for ROAR vol. 8, edited by Mary E. Lowd (Bad Dog Books; June 30)
- Idess, cover for Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions,; June 30)
- David Lillie, cover for The Wayward Astronomer, by Geoffrey Thomas (Corvus Publishing; May 9)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Cuphead (Developer and Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment; September 29)
- Night in the Woods (Developer: Infinite Fall, Publisher: Finji; February 21)
- Sonic Mania (Developer: PagodaWest Games and Headcannon, Publisher: Sega; August 15)
- Star Fox 2 (Developer: Nintendo and Argonaut Games, Publisher: Nintendo; September 29)
- Yooka-Laylee (Developers: Playtonic Games; April 11)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- The Cross Time Cafe (forum for comic discussions, including many on the Recommended List)
- e621.net (art, discussions, etc.)
- Furry Writers' Guild (Supporting, informing, elevating, and promoting quality anthropomorphic fiction and its creators)
- Inkbunny (furry art community)
- WikiFur (furry fandom encyclopedia)
Good luck to everyone!