More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Award, the Ursa Major Awards are presented annually for excellence in the furry arts. It is intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom’s equivalent of the Hugo Award ® presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom’s Anthony Award, horror fandom’s Bram Stoker Award, and so forth. Anyone may nominate and vote for candidates for the Awards. These Awards are decided by the fans, not by a committee.
The recipients of the 2023 Ursa Major Awards, which are bestowed annually to recognize excellence in the furry arts, were revealed on May 25 through a YouTube video. (Please note: While the video refers to them as the 2023 awards, the Ursa Major Awards website refers to them as the 2022 awards. Interpret as you wish.)
Outstanding Motion Picture
Full-length movies, whether live-action or animated.
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Directed by Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado; December 21)
Outstanding Dramatic Short Work
One-shots, advertisements, or brief videos.
- Horns (Directed by FattyDragonite; December 9)
Outstanding Dramatic Series
Television or YouTube series videos.
- Bluey (Created by Joe Brumm; Season 3 (Part 2))
Written works consisting of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels are only eligible in the year the final chapter is published.
- A FurryFaux Paw, by Jessica Kara. (Page Street Kids; July 26)
Outstanding Short Fiction
Stories under 40,000 words, poetry, and other concise written works.
- Bears & Bravery, by Gre7g Luterman (illustrations by BearHybrid). (The Bear Minimum patreon; April 5)
Outstanding General Literary Work
Collections of stories, comic compilations, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.
- Circles: Volume 4, by Steve Domanski and Andrew French. (Fenris Publishing, collection, February 21)
Outstanding Non-Fiction Work
- Art, Furries, God, by Patricia Taxxon. (YouTube, video; July 6)
Outstanding Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
- The Whiteboard: Sherlock Holmes, by Doc N. (Internet, October 3 to December 23)
Outstanding Comic Strip
Strips in the style of newspaper comics, including those with ongoing storylines.
- The Whiteboard, by Doc N. (Internet, January 4 to December 23)
Edited compilations of creative and/or informational works by various individuals, whether professionals or amateurs, published in print or online in written, pictorial, or audio-visual formats.
- Dogpatch Press, edited by Patch Packrat. (Internet; January 12 to September 30)
Artwork created for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art, T-shirts, or coffee-table portfolios.
- Ais05, Dragon Party, (Twitter, October 18)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Cult of the Lamb (Developer: Massive Monster, Publisher: Devolver Digital; August 11)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. This category includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- Fur Affinity, Furry art and stories
Outstanding Anthropomorphic Music
- Another Railway Day, by Nonnie, album, November 23.
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