Kitschies

Summary

Kitschies
Awarded forLiterary award
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitewww.thekitschies.com

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" published in the United Kingdom.[1]

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".[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. 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.[4] From 2017 the sponsor is Blackwell's Bookshop.[5]

As of 2015, 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)

Organisation and Jury

The judging panels changes annually [6] and the unpaid directors have changed due to workload or illness.[7] The number of submissions has increased from 70 in 2009 [8] to a record of 234 in 2013.

For each year, the judges, directors, and the number of submissions for each year are as follows:

Year Literary Art Natively digital fiction Award Directors Submissions
2020 [9] M R Carey, Clare Rees, Mahvesh Murad, Kaiya Shang, and Daphne Lao Tong. Paul Wiseall, Fleur Clarke, Claire Richardson and Jeffrey Alan Love. NA Leila Abu el Hawa and Anne Perry 177 [10]
2019 [11] Claire North, Kirsty Logan, Tasha Suri, Michaela (Boo) Grey and Alasdair Stuart Kim Curran, James Spackman, Kaiya Shang and Sharan Matharu NA Leila Abu el Hawa and Anne Perry 196 [12]
2018 [13] Adam Roberts, Sharan Dhaliwal, Daniel Carpenter, Lucy Smee, and Matt Webb Dapo Adeola, Lily Ash Sakula and Maeve Rutten NA Glen Mehn & Leila Abu el Hawa 178 [14]
2017 [15] Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Alasdair Stuart, and Ewa Scibor-Rylska Dapo Adeola, Sharan Dhaliwal, Jet Purdie, and Stuart Taylor[disambiguation needed] NA Glen Mehn and Leila Abu El Hawa 142 [16]
2016 No award No award NA No award NA
2015 [17] Sarah Lotz, James Smythe, Nazia Khatun, Nikesh Shukla and Glen Mehn Sarah McIntyre, Regan Warner, Dapo Adeola and Lauren O'Farrell James Wallis[disambiguation needed], Emily Short, and Rebecca Levene Glen Mehn 176 [18]
2014 Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts, Kim Curran, Frances Hardinge and Glen Mehn Ed Warren, Dapo Adeola, Jim Kay and Siân Prime Laura Grace, James Wallis, Phil van Kemenade and Clare Reddington Glen Mehn 198 [19]
2013 Nick Harkaway, Kate Griffin, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabelle Wright Hazel Thompson, Sarah Anne Langton, Emma Vieceli and Craig Kennedy NA Glen Mehn 234 [20]
2012 Shurin, Levene and Patrick Ness Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren NA Jared Shurin 211 [21]
2011 Perry, Shurin, Lauren Beukes and Rebecca Levene Hayley Campbell, Craig Kennedy, Catherine Hemelryk and Darren Banks NA Jared Shurin 150 [22]
2010 Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin NA NA Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry 50 [23]
2009 Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin NA NA Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry 70 [24]

Recipients

All award information, unless otherwise referenced is from the Kitschies Award 's blog and tumblr, or from the sponsor Blackwell's website.

Red Tentacle (best novel)

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016


2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

Golden Tentacle (best debut novel)

2020
  • Winner - The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
  • Finalists -
2019
  • Winner - Jelly by Clare Rees
  • Finalists -
2018
2017
  • Winner - Hunger Makes the Wolf, by Alex “Acks” Wells
  • Finalists -
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
  • Winner- Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  • Finalists -
2011
2010
  • Winner -
  • Finalists -
  • None. Finalists were not announced until 2011 [37]
2009
  • No Award. The "Golden Tentacle Award for Debut Novel" started 2009 [38]

Inky Tentacle (best cover art)

2020
  • Winner -
  • The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem, Cover Design by Allison Saltzman and Illustration by Dexter Maurer
  • Finalists -
  • Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin, Cover Design by Ben Summers
  • Monstrous Heart by Clair McKenna, Cover Design by Andrew Davis
  • The Harpy by Megan Hunter, Cover Design by Lucy Scholes and Illustration by Amy Judd
  • The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, Cover Design by Lauren Panepinto
2019
2018
  • The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch, design by Rafaela Romaya
  • The Smoke by Simon Ings, design by James Nunn
  • Square Eyes by Anna Mill and Luke Jones, design by Anna Mill and Luke Jones
  • Slender Man (novel) by Anonymous, design by Mike Topping
2017
  • 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
2016
2015
  • Winner - "The Door That Led to Where" by Sally Gardner, art direction and design by Jet Purdie
  • Finalists -
2014
  • Winner - Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, cover by Glenn O'Neill
  • Finalists -
2013
2012
  • Winner - A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton; illustration by Dave Shelton
  • Finalists -
2011
  • Winner - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan; design by Peter Mendelsund
  • Finalists -
2010
  • No award. "The Inky Tentacle for Art Award" started in 2011. [40]
2009
  • No award. "The Inky Tentacle for Art Award" started in 2011. [41]

Invisible Tentacle (best natively digital fiction)

2015
2014

Glentacle (Discretionary award previously called the Black Tentacle)

This award was called "Black Tentacle" until 2020, when it was renamed in memory of Kitschies co-founder Glen Mehn.[42][43]

2021
  • Winner - Simon Key of the Big Green Bookshop in Hastings
  • Citation -
  • "demonstrated extraordinary generosity and selflessness to readers, introducing and running his "Buy a Stranger a Book" initiative every Wednesday to allow readers to access books at a time that even libraries were closed.

[44]

2020
  • Winner- Nazia Khatun, Claire North, and Leila Abu El Hawa
  • Citation -
  • "for services to the SF/F community."
2015
  • Winner - The genre community, personified by Patrick Ness
  • Citation
  • "for its response to the humanitarian refugee crisis". Ness began a fund that raised over £690,000 for Save the Children
2014
  • for "tireless work to promote the rights of artists and to encourage others to value their work".[45]
2013
  • for "outstanding achievement in encouraging and elevating the conversation around genre literature".

[46]

2012
  • "for the World SF Blog, a website showcasing international speculative fiction".
2011

Winner - SelfMadeHero, comics publisher

  • Citation
2010

Winner - Memory, novel by Donald Westlake.

  • Citation

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External links

  • The Kitschies website