The Kitschies are literary prizes presented annually for works of speculative fiction (such as science fiction and fantasy) that were published in the United Kingdom in the year of the award. The Kitschies were established in 2009 by the website pornokitsch.com, which organizes the award.
Awards and criteria
The Kitschies award was established in 2009 by pornokitsch.com, a review website created by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin. Along with other judges they choose "those books which best elevate the tone of genre literature". Perry and Shurin have said that they seek to bring attention to works with a fantastic or speculative element that are progressive in terms of content and composition.
Qualifying books must contain "an element of the fantastic or speculative" and have been published in the UK. Winners receive a sum of prize money and a textile tentacle trophy, while shortlisted entries receive a bottle of The Kraken Rum (which sponsors the awards).
As of 2011[update], the Kitschies are awarded in four categories:
- Red Tentacle for the best novel (£1,000, since 2009)
- Golden Tentacle for the best debut novel (£500, since 2010)
- Inky Tentacle for the best cover art (£500, since 2011)
- Black Tentacle; awarded at the judges' discretion (since 2010)
The judging panels change every year. In 2011, the literary judges were Perry, Shurin, Lauren Beukes and Rebecca Levene, and the Inky category was judged by Hayley Campbell, Craig Kennedy, Catherine Hemelryk and Darren Banks. In 2012, the literary judges were Shurin, Levene and Patrick Ness, and the cover art judges are Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren. For 2013, the literary judges are authors Nick Harkaway, Kate Griffin and Will Hill, as well as Anab Jain and Annabelle Wright. The cover art judges are Barry Nugent, Hazel Thompson, Sarah Anne Langton, Emma Vieceli and Craig Kennedy.
Red Tentacle (best novel)
Golden Tentacle (best debut novel)
Inky Tentacle (best cover art)
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch; illustration by Stephen Walter, design by Patrick Knowles
- The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco; design by Suzanne Dean, illustration by John Spencer
- Equations of Life by Simon Morden; design by Lauren Panepinto
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd; illustration by Jim Kay
Black Tentacle (discretionary)
- 2012: World SF Blog, website showcasing international science fiction authors
- 2011: SelfMadeHero, comics publisher
- 2010: Memory, novel by Donald Westlake
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