2008 Ursa Major Awards

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The 2008 Ursa Major Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at All Fur Fun 2010 in Spokane, Washington. Awards were designed by Heather Bruton.

Voting for the winning nominees took place between March 14th and April 19th, and received 270 votes from countries as diverse as Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA; this amount of voting participation was a 34% increase over the previous year.

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[edit] Controversy

In the months prior to the awards, controversy arose over the nomination of Softpaw Magazine and spinoff Finding Avalon for Best Magazine and Best Comic Book. Furry podcast KnotCast criticized the choices, receiving in turn "overwhelming" feedback[1] defending the works' right to be nominated in a popular award.[2][3] German-based Eurofurence, which previously banned Softpaw, considered withdrawing from the Awards.[4]

Concern was also raised over the domination of Best Short Fiction by Kyell Gold (who won four nomination slots[5] — a feat previously achieved by E.O. Costello in 2005[6]), and of literary nominations generally by Sofawolf Press[7].

[edit] Nominations

Winning nominations are highlighted in bold.

[edit] Best Comic Strip

[edit] Best Published Illustration

[edit] Best Graphic Story (formerly Comic Book)

[edit] Best Other Literary Work

[edit] Best Magazine

[edit] Best Motion Picture

[edit] Best Dramatic Short Work or Series

[edit] Best Short Fiction (less than 40,000 words)

[edit] Best Novel (40,000+ words)

[edit] Best Game

[edit] References

  1. Over 20 emails, according to Savrin
  2. Episodes #48 and #49 - KnotCast (April 11-17, 2009)
  3. Defending Pedophilia - FuzzWolf's Fur Affinity journal (April 8, 2009)
  4. Comment to Softpaw and the Ursa Major debate - Cheetah, sakayra (March 19, 2009)
  5. Ursa Major Award nominations - michaelmink (March 14, 2009)
  6. 2005 Ursa Major Award Winners (May 28, 2006)
  7. Vox Populi, Vox Dei? - michaelmink (March 15, 2009)
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