2014 Kitschie Awards Winners Announced

On Wednesday, the Kitschies Awards were announced in a ceremony in London.  Now in theirTigerman sixth year, the Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining literary works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.  Here is a list of the nominees, and the winners:

The Red Tentacle (Novel):

  • Winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Peripheral by William Gibson
  • The Way Inn by Will Wiles
  • The Race by Nina Allan

The Golden Tentacle (Debut):

  • Winner: Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre
  • The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
  • Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art):

  • Winner: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, cover by Glenn O’Neill (see featured image)
  • The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin, design by Steve Marking
  • A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar, cover by Ben Summers
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, cover by Emily Carroll and Sonja Chaghatzbanian
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, cover by Rafaela Romaya and Yehring Tong

The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction):

  • Winner: Kentucky Route Zero, Act III by Cardboard Computer
  • @echovirus12 (Twitter fiction), created/curated by Jeff Noon (@jeffnoon), Ed (@3dgriffiths), James Knight (@badbadpoet), violet sprite (@gadgetgreen), Richard Biddle (@littledeaths68), Mina Polen (@polen), Uel Aramchek (@ThePatanoiac), Graham Walsh (@t_i_s_u), Vapour Vox (@Wrong_Triangle)
  • 80 Days by Inkle Studios
  • Sailor’s Dream by Simogo

The Kitschies also awarded the Black Tentacle to children’s illustrator and writer Sarah MacIntyre.  According to the Kitschies website, “MacIntyre has worked to elevate the conversation around genre literature; she also recently started the #NonIdentikit challenge, in which she encourages other illustrators to present more diverse faces in their work.”

Congratulations to Ms. MacIntyre, the nominees, and all of the winners!

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