The 2012 Kitschies Nominees (UK)

    The finalists for the The 2012 Kitschies („awarded to the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic”) have been announced:


    Red Tentacle (Novel):

    •Jesse Bullington’s  “The Folly of the World” (Orbit)

    •Frances Hardinge’s  “A Face Like Glass” (Macmillan)

    •Nick Harkaway’s  “Angelmaker” (William Heinemann)

    •Adam Roberts’ “Jack Glass“ (Gollancz)

    •Juli Zeh’s  “The Method” (Translated by Sally-Ann Spencer)


    Golden Tentacle (Debut Novel):

    •Madeline Ashby’s  “vN“ (Angry Robot)

    •Jenni Fagan’s  “The Panopticon” (William Heinemann)

    •Rachel Hartman’s  “Seraphina” (Doubleday)

    •Karen Lord’s  “Redemption in Indigo” (Jo Fletcher Books)

    •Tom Pollock’s  “The City’s Son” (Jo Fletcher Books)


    Inky Tentacle (Cover Art):

    •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)


    Congratulations to all the finalists !

    The winner of the Red Tentacle will receive £1,000, and winners of the Golden Tentacle and Inky Tentacle will win £500 each. All finalists will receive a hand-crafted trophy and a bottle of rum from award sponsor The Kraken Rum.

    Finalists were chosen from over 200 submissions sent by over 40 publishers/imprints. Fiction winners will be selected by judges Rebecca Levene, Patrick Ness, and Jared Shurin. Judges for the art award are Gary Northfield, Lauren O’Farrell, and Ed Warren.

    The 2012 winners will be announced in a ceremony February 26, 2013 at the Free Word Centre, London, UK.

    The Kitschies are a non-profit association with the mission of encouraging and elevating the tone of the discussion of genre literature in its many forms. As well as our annual prize, we host and promote events. The latest were Invisible Cities, which featured Kate Griffin, Mark Charan Newton and Tom Pollock discussing urban fantasy at Foyles and a dicussion of crime/fantasy crossovers with Ben Aaronovitch and Paul Cornell at Blackwell’s Charing Cross.

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