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FINALISTS: The 2015 Kitschies

Finalists for The Kitschies, rewarding “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic”, have been announced!

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Star of Kings on 7th March, and receive a total of £2,500 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic Tentacle trophies.


THE RED TENTACLE (Novel)

(Judged by Sarah Lotz, James Smythe, Nikesh Shukla, Nazia Khatun, and Glen Mehn)

  • The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)
  • Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • The Reflection, by Hugo Wilcken (Melville House)
  • The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Thing Itself, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)


THE GOLDEN TENTACLE (Debut)

(Selected by the above panel)

  • The Shore, by Sara Taylor (William Heinemann)
  • Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett (Chatto and Windus)
  • The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
  • The Night Clock, by Paul Meloy (Solaris)
  • Making Wolf, by Tade Thompson (Rosarium)

THE INKY TENTACLE (Cover Art)

(Judged by Sarah McIntyre, Dapo Adeola, Regan Warner, and Lauren O’Farrell)

  • The Vorrh, by Brian Catling, design by Pablo Declan (Coronet)
  • Monsters, by Emerald Fennell, art direction by Jet Purdie, illustration by Patrick Leger (Hot Key Books)
  • The Honours, by Tim Clare, design and illustration by Peter Adlington (Canongate)
  • The Door that Led to Where, by Sally Gardner, art direction and design by Jet Purdie, illustration by Dover Publications Inc & Shutterstock (Hot Key Books)
  • Get In Trouble, by Kelly Link, design by Alex Merto (Canongate)
THE INVISIBLE TENTACLE (Natively Digital Fiction)

(Judged by James Wallis, Rebecca Levene and Em Short)

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

2 Comments on FINALISTS: The 2015 Kitschies

  1. None of that cover art in the Inky Tentacle seems award worthy. Most of it looks like the kind of thing you’d see on no budget self published ebooks.
    Some good nominations in the novel sections though!

  2. Sorry to post twice in a row! But looking at the cover for “The Door that Led to Where” the art credits are for Dover Inc and Shutterstock which are stock photo agencies. Surely a shortlisted cover should use original artwork and not a couple of stock photos with minimal editing?

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