One of the most original and encouraging awards of the speculative fiction scenes are The Kitschies. Established in 2009 The Kitschies celebrate “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” And as we’ve seen in the first three editions of the awards they are true to their word, the shortlists have plenty of titles unrecognized by the other, older, genre awards, but deserving of the attention nonetheless. This year is no exception, as it can be noticed from the recently announced shortlists:
2012 Red Tentacle (Novel – Judged by Rebecca Levene, Patrick Ness & Jared Shurin)
“The Folly of the World” by Jesse Bullington (Orbit)
“A Face Like Glass” by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
“Angelmaker” by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann)
“Jack Glass” by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)“The Method” by Julie Zeh (Harvill Secker)
2012 Golden Tentacle (Debut - Judged by Rebecca Levene, Patrick Ness & Jared Shurin)
“vN” by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot)
“The Panopticon” by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)
“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday)
“Redemption in Indigo” by Karen Lord (Jo Fletcher Books)“The City’s Son” by Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher Books)
2012 Inky Tentacle (Cover Art – Judged by Gary Northfield, Lauren O’Farrell and Ed Warren)
La Boca for Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
Oliver Jeffers for John Boyne’s The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket (Doubleday)
Tom Gauld for Matthew Hughes’ Costume Not Included (Angry Robot)
Peter Mendelsund for Ben Marcus’ Flame Alphabet (Granta)Dave Shelton for his own A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (David Fickling Books)
2012 Black Tentacle
The Black Tentacle is a special achievement award. It is handed out at the discretion of The Kitschies' board, which is comprised of editors, authors, marketers and social entrepreneurs.
The Black Tentacle is awarded for a work or body of work that does not otherwise fit The Kitschies' criteria. The winner receives a hand-crafted and embroidered tentacle and a bottle of The Kraken's black spiced rum.
The winners will be announced on 26th February in a ceremony held in London, at Free Word Centre.
Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!