Yes, I'm REALLY slow on the uptake, but I saw that the "Best in Show" anthology was up for the best-other-anthro-literary-work and thought THAT was what that e-mail meant...but no! There's an actual 'Best Anthromorphic Published Illustration" category, and the cover got nominated!
Holy mackerel. I had no idea.
I mean, it's not a Hugo or anything, but still! That's wild! And unexpected! And wild! And...err...neat!