The Kitschies

Congratulations to this year's finalists and winners

The Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum, reward the year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. The prize is now entering its fifth year.

This year's finalists are selected from a record 234 submissions, from over fifty publishers and imprints.

The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:

  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
  • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut), selected by the above panel:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
  • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover), selected by Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli:

  • The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
  • Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
  • Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani, Design by Jet Purdie
  • Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi

The Black Tentacle - the judges' discretionary award - was given to Malorie Blackman.

The 2013 winners will be announced on 12 February, at a ceremony at London's Seven Dials Club. The winners will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money as well as their iconic Tentacle trophies. All the finalists will receive bottles of The Kraken Rum.

Learn more about the criteria and the judging panels.


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