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The Kitschies are British literary prizes presented annually for "the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic." Works that were published in the United Kingdom in the year of the award are eligible.
Awards and criteria
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". 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.
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. Winners receive a sum of prize money and a textile tentacle trophy.
The Kitschies are governed by an advisory board of members. They were initially established in 2009 by the website pornokitsch.com. The Kraken Rum was the sponsor between 2010 and 2013. For 2014 and 2015, Fallen London (a creation of UK game developer Failbetter Games), was the sponsor. The award did not run in 2016. From 2017 the sponsor is Blackwell's Bookshop.
As of 2015[update], the Kitschies are awarded in five 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)
- Glentacle, awarded at the judges' discretion (since 2010, called "Black Tentacle" until 2020)
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The judging panels change annually. The judges for each year are as follows:
- Literary judges: Perry, Shurin, Lauren Beukes and Rebecca Levene
- Art judges: Hayley Campbell, Craig Kennedy, Catherine Hemelryk and Darren Banks
- Literary judges: Shurin, Levene and Patrick Ness
- Art judges: Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren
- Literary judges: Nick Harkaway, Kate Griffin, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabelle Wright
- Art judges: Hazel Thompson, Sarah Anne Langton, Emma Vieceli and Craig Kennedy.
- Literary judges: Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts, Kim Curran, Frances Hardinge and Glen Mehn
- Art judges: Ed Warren, Dapo Adeola, Jim Kay and Siân Prime
- Invisible Tentacle judges: Laura Grace, James Wallis, Phil van Kemenade and Clare Reddington
- Literary judges: Sarah Lotz, James Smythe, Nazia Khatun, Nikesh Shukla and Glen Mehn
- Art judges: Sarah McIntyre, Regan Warner, Dapo Adeola and Lauren O’Farrell
- Literary judges: Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Alasdair Stuart, and Ewa Scibor-Rylska
- Literary judges: Adam Roberts, Sharan Dhaliwal, Daniel Carpenter, Lucy Smee, and Matt Webb
- Art judges: Dapo Adeola, Lily Ash Sakula and Maeve Rutten
Red Tentacle (best novel)
- Always North by Vicki Jarrett
- From the Wreck by Jane Rawson
- The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
- This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Golden Tentacle (best debut novel)
Inky Tentacle (best cover art)
- Across The Void by S. K. Vaughan, Cover Design by Ceara Elliot
- The Heavens by Sandra Newman, Cover Design by Leo Nickolls
- Zed by Joanna Kavenna, Cover Design by Faber & Faber
- This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Cover Design by Greg Stadnyk
- The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, Cover Art by Tyler Comrie (Vintage)
- Winner: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde, cover by Jack Smyth and the S&S Art Department
- The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders, illustrated by David Dean
- Black Wave by Michelle Tea, illustrated by Rose Stafford at Print Club, design by Hannah Naughton
- The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts, jacket design and illustration by Black Sheep
- Our Memory like Dust by Gavin Chait, design by Richard Shailer
- The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin, design by Steve Marking
- A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar, cover by Ben Summers
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, cover by Emily Carroll and Sonja Chaghatzbanian
- The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, cover by Rafaela Romaya and Yehring Tong
- 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
Invisible Tentacle (best natively digital fiction)
This award was called "Black Tentacle" until 2020, when it was renamed in memory of Kitschies co-founder Glen Mehn.
- 2020: Nazia Khatun, Claire North, and Leila Abu El Hawa for services to the SF/F community.
- 2015: The genre community, personified by Patrick Ness, for its response to the humanitarian refugee crisis. Ness began a fund that raised over £690,000 for Save the Children.
- 2014: Sarah McIntyre, author and illustrator
- 2013: Malorie Blackman, British writer, Children's Laureate for 2013, for "outstanding achievement in encouraging and elevating the conversation around genre literature"
- 2012: Lavie Tidhar for the World SF Blog, a website showcasing international speculative fiction
- 2011: SelfMadeHero, comics publisher
- 2010: Memory, novel by Donald Westlake
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