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Voting Opens for 2013 Ursa Major Awards

Voting is now open for the 2013 Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts of the 2013 calendar year.

Nominations for the 2013 Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts of the 2013 calendar year are now closed, and the voting is now open. The finalists include the top five nominees in each category. In some categories, there are six finalists because of a tie for fifth place; and in one, there are only four because of too many ties for fifth place.  

Check out the nominees in the Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture and Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short and Series categories, which are almost all animated.

The final ballot, in alphabetical order, is:

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
The Croods (directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, released February 15)
Despicable Me 2 (directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, July 3)
Frozen (directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, November 27)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (directed by Peter Jackson, December 13)
Monsters University (directed by Dan Scanlon, June 21)
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls (directed by Jayson Thiessen, June 16)

Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series
Adventure Time (created by Pendleton Ward and produced by Larry Lechliter, Adam Muto, Nate Cash, David OReilly [a.k.a. O'Reilly], and Elizabeth for Cartoon Network, Season 5, episodes 6 to 43)
Bee and PussyCat (directed by Natasha Allegri; episodes 1 and 2)
Bravest Warriors (directed by Breehan Burns; Season 1, episode 7 to Season 2, episode 5)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (directed by James Thiessen & James Wooton; Season 3, episode 10 to Season 4, episode 7)
What Does the Fox Say? (original) (directed by Ylvis; September 3)

Best Anthropomorphic Novel
The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
Corr Syl the Warrior, by Garry Rogers (CreateSpace, May 22)
Otters in Space II: Jupiter, Deadly, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
Skyfire, by Jess E. Owen (Five Elements Press, December 26)
The Thin Line, by E. O. Costello (FurAffinity, September 18)

Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Fox in the Hen House, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
In a Cat’s Eyes, by Mary E. Lowd (in Dancing in the Moonlight: Rainfurrest 2013 Charity Anthology, edited by Rainfurrest; FurPlanet Productions, September 26)
Indigo Rain, by Watts Martin (FurPlanet Publications, January 17)
The Monkeytown Raid, by Roz Gibson (in What Happens Next, edited by Fred Patten; FurPlanet Publications, July 4)

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition, by Ursula Vernon (comic strip collection, Sofawolf Press, November 15)
Dogs of War, by Shiela Keenan (story) & Nathan Fox (art) (illustrated comic book novel, Scholastic/Graphix, October 29)
Housepets! Are Gonna Sniff Everybody (Housepets! Book 4), by Rick Griffin (comic strip collection, CreateSpace, July 25)
My Little Pony Annual 2013, by various (comic book annual, IDW Publishing, October 30)
Slightly Damned, Book 2, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (comic strip collection, self-published, May 1)
The Werewolf Calendar 2013, by various (calendar, The Werewolf Calendar, January 17, 2013)

Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Gunnerkrigg Court, by Tom Siddell (Internet, January 2 to December 31)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (comic book, IDW Publishing, #2 (January 2) to #14 (December 18))
Prequel (or Making a Cat Cry, The Adventure), by Kazerad (Internet, January 9 to December 22)
A Redtail’s Dream, by Minna Sundberg (Internet, January 1 to October 23)
Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, January 2 to December 21)
TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 5 to December 23)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
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)
Sequential Art, by Phillip M. Jackson (Internet, #820 to #867)
The Three Jaguars, by M. C. A. Hogarth (Internet, January 1 to November 25)

Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
ActFur On Air (Internet podcast; Season 5, episode 1 (June 9) to Season 5, episode 6 (December 9))
Claw & Quill, edited by Watts Martin  (Internet magazine; #1, October 29)
Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry  (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
Fur What It’s Worth (Internet podcast; Season 2, episode 19 (January 6) to Season 3, episode 13 (December 14))
Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet magazine; October 3 to December 31)
In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet magazine; January 2 to December 28)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Abluedeer, cover of The Cat’s Eye Pub, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 4)
Blotch, cover of Divisions, by Kyell Gold (Sofawolf Press, January 17)
Dark Natasha, painting, Matthias Ready for Battle (The Metamor Keep website, February 3)
Dolphyn (Justin Swatsworth), illustration in Anthrocon 2013 conbook, page 19 (Street Rave)
RedCoatCat, cover of Furnal Equinox 2013 conbook

Best Anthropomorphic Game
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (developer and publisher: Nintendo; June 9)
Duck Tales: Remastered (developer: Way Forward Technologies; publisher: Capcom; August 13)
Dust: An Elysian Tail (developer: Humble Hearts, Dean Dodrill; publisher: Microsoft Studios; May 24)
Pokémon X&Y (developer: Game Freak; publisher: Nintendo and The Pokémon Company; October 12)
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (developer: Sanzaru Games; publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment; February 5)
The Wolf Among Us (developer and publisher: Telltale Games; December 24)

Best Anthropomorphic Website
[adjective][species] (furry fandom commentary specialty site; January 2 to December 26)
Equestria Daily (My Little Pony specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
FurAffinity (furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31)
Inkbunny (furry art specialty site; January 13 to December 31)
WikiFur (general furry information/history; January 1 to December 31)

As is not unusual, there were so many nominations for the fourth, fifth, and sixth place nominees in most categories that one more nomination could have made the difference between a title’s getting on the final ballot or not. Please nominate next year.

Everyone who nominated is registered to vote. Those who are not registered and wish to vote, go to for instructions.  Urge your friends to vote.

The voting is now open. The deadline is April 30. The 2013 Ursa Major Awards will be announced and presented at a ceremony at the CaliFur X convention, May 30-June 1, 2014, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612.

Also, the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphic List is now online for posting your recommendations of the best in anthropomorphic literature and arts first published or released during the 2014 calendar year.  Go to to make a recommendation, and to see what others have recommended.

Source: Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.