2011 Ursa Major Awards

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The 2011 Ursa Major Awards was an awards ceremony recognizing anthropomorphic works and media from 2011 as voted by Internet users. It was the 12th iteration of the Ursa Major Awards since its establishment in 2000.

Changes to the 2011 nomination process included the creation of a new category, Recommended/Best Website, for websites listed in the Recommended Anthropomorphic Reading List which had been removed from the non-award "Miscellany" category. This recategorization included a wide variety of websites, ranging from wikis such as WikiFur to podcasts such as ACTfur on Air.

Also notable was the moving of Flayrah, a web-based publication, from "Websites" to "Magazines", putting it in direct competition to print publications such as Heat (the 4-time consecutive winner of the Best Magazine Ursa Major)[1].

Nominations opened 12 January 2012 and closed on 25 February. Voting started 15 March and closes May 4 (to allow last-minute voting from Morphicon). The winners were announced at Califur 8 in Irvine, CA, June 1–3, 2012[2].


See also: List of Ursa Major Awards winners#2011

Winners are highlighted in bold italics

Best Motion Picture[edit]

Live-action or animated feature-length movies.

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work[edit]

TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

Best Novel[edit]

Written works of 40,000 words or more.
  • Black Dogs, Part 2 by Ursula Vernon
  • Death Drop by Sean Allen
  • Isolation Play by Kyell Gold
  • Red Sails in the Fallout by Paul Kidd
  • Smiley and the Hero by Ryan Campbell

Best Short Fiction[edit]

Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
  • A Safety Weasel Christmas by Gene Breshears
  • Argo by Rick Griffin
  • Fetching Asteroids by Mary E. Lowd
  • How to Get Through the Day by Kyell Gold
  • Let's Play Musical Chairs by K. M. Hirosaki
  • Shreddy and the Zomb-Dogs by Mary E. Lowd
  • Where the Heart Is by Mary E. Lowd

Best Other Literary Work[edit]

Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.

Best Graphic Story[edit]

Includes comic books and serialized online stories.

Best Comic Strip[edit]

Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.

Best Magazine[edit]

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.

Best Published Illustration[edit]

Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
  • Cover of Isolation Play by Blotch
  • Cover of Nordguard, Book One by Blotch
  • Cover of Red Sails in the Fallout by Jason Chan
  • Cover of Weasel Presents by Sara Palmer
  • "Furry Basketball Association 2012 season opener" painting by Rosenthal
  • Cover of Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #48 by C. D. Woodbury

Best Game[edit]

Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.

Best Website[edit]

Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.

Also nominated were:


  1. Fred Patten. "Ursa Major Awards to cover websites; Flayrah recategorized". Thu 18 Aug 2011 - 00:48. Flayrah.
  2. Fred Patten. "2011 Ursa Major Award nominations open". Thu 12 Jan 2012 - 08:14. Flayrah.
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