Kitschies

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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. [1]

Awards and criteria[edit]

The Kitschies are administered by a non-profit association with the stated mission of "encouraging and elevating the tone of the discussion of genre literature in its many forms".[2] The founders, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin said that they sought to bring attention to works with a fantastic or speculative element that are progressive in terms of content and composition.[1]

The award is a juried prize that selects those books which "best elevate the tone of genre literature". Qualifying books must contain "an element of the fantastic or speculative" and have been published in the UK.[3] Winners receive a sum of prize money and a textile tentacle trophy.[1]

The Kitschies are governed by an advisory board of members and an award director, Glen Mehn. The Kitschies were initially established in 2009 by the website pornokitsch.com. The Kraken Rum was the sponsor between 2010 and 2013. The current sponsor (since 2014) is Fallen London (a creation of UK game developer Failbetter Games).

As of 2015, 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)
  • Invisible Tentacle for the best natively digital fiction (since 2014)
  • Black Tentacle; awarded at the judges' discretion (since 2010)

Jury[edit]

The judging panels change annually.

2011
2012
2013
2014

Recipients[edit]

Red Tentacle (best novel)[edit]

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

Golden Tentacle (best debut novel)[edit]

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus[12]

Inky Tentacle (best cover art)[edit]

2014
2013
2012
2011

Invisible Tentacle (best natively digital fiction)[edit]

2014

Black Tentacle (discretionary)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Barnett, David (13 January 2012). "The Kitschie awards have their Tentacles in the best genre fiction". The Guardian Books Blog. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Kitschies". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Kitschies: 2011 Finalists". Pornokitsch.com. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e ""Kitschie awards judge overpowered by six-foot praying mantises!". Guardian. 10 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Shortlists!". Tor.com. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "THE KITSCHIES: CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU". Pornokitsch. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Announcing the Shortlists for The Kitschies!". Tor.com. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Alison Flood (27 February 2013). "Nick Harkaway takes Kitschies Red Tentacle award". The Guardian. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "The 2012 Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d "The 2011 Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum". 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Jordan Farley (January 13, 2012). "Finalists announced for The Kitschies 2011". SFX. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "2010". The Kitschies. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "2009". The Kitschies. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Flood, Alison (13 February 2014). "Ruth Ozeki beats Thomas Pynchon to top Kitschie award". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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