|Awarded for||Literary award|
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.
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:
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 ||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 |
|2019 ||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 |
|2018 ||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 |
|2017 ||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 |
|2016||No award||No award||NA||No award||NA|
|2015 ||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 |
|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 |
|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 |
|2012||Shurin, Levene and Patrick Ness||Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren||NA||Jared Shurin||211 |
|2011||Perry, Shurin, Lauren Beukes and Rebecca Levene||Hayley Campbell, Craig Kennedy, Catherine Hemelryk and Darren Banks||NA||Jared Shurin||150 |
|2010||Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin||NA||NA||Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry||50 |
|2009||Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin||NA||NA||Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry||70 |
All award information, unless otherwise referenced is from the Kitschies Award 's blog and tumblr, or from the sponsor Blackwell's website.
Winner - SelfMadeHero, comics publisher