October 28, 2021

Literature Journal

World literature news

Kitschies

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.[1]

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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.comThe 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).

Template:As of, 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]

Template:Unreferencedsection The judging panels change annually.2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Recipients[edit]

Red Tentacle (best novel)[edit]

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Golden Tentacle (best debut novel)[edit]

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010King Maker by Maurice Broaddus[14]

Inky Tentacle (best cover art)[edit]

2014

2013

2012

2011

Invisible Tentacle (best natively digital fiction)[edit]

2015

2014

Black Tentacle (discretionary)[edit]