2014 Kitschies Award Short Lists Announced

Six years ago, the Kitschies were established to “reward the year’s most progressive, intelligentKitschies and entertaining (literary) works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.”  The “tentacular” awards are specifically bestowed on works of speculative fiction published in the United Kingdom, and have become one of the most prestigious up-and-coming awards in the literary world.

Last week, the short lists for the 2014 Kitschies were announced.  They include:

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

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

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • 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)

  • The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin, design by X, illustration by X
  • 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
  • Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, cover by Glenn O’Neill

The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)

  • @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)
  • Kentucky Route Zero, Act III by Cardboard Computer
  • 80 Days by Inkle Studios
  • Sailor’s Dream by Simogo

The winners will be announced on March 4 at a ceremony in London.  Good luck to all the nominees!

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