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Ursa Major AwardsWillamette Writers member Mary Lowd has 4–count ’em–4 works nominated for this year’s Ursa Major Awards!

In a Dogs World by Mary LowdIn a Dog’s World, is a coming-of-age/romance story about a young cat, graduating from high school and heading off to a mostly-dog college.  A free e-book of it can be downloaded from Smashwords with the coupon code: CJ98M

Her short story, “Lunar Cavity,” is about a bat-like alien trying to save his home world with the help of a human scientist.  It can be read for free on the web-zine Deep Sky Anchor.

Necromouser by Mary LowdHer collection of short stories, The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats, features six stories about her popular character Shreddy, the cantankerous tabby cat, and his techno-mystical adventures; then there are seven stories about other magical felines.  A free e-book of it can be downloaded from Smashwords with the coupon code:  JW97Y

Finally, ROAR Volume 6 is a collection of short fiction that Mary edited for FurPlanet. It features a wide range of furry stories — sci-fi, fantasy, slice of life, detective, adventure, humor, fable — about all different kinds of animals. It’s also her first nomination as an editor.

The Ursa Major Awards are designed to recognize excellence in anthropomorphic arts and literature — basically, art and fiction that features talking (or otherwise anthropomorphized) animals. They’re based on a popular vote, and anyone can participate. Voting is open through April 15th.