The Kitschies

Fallen LondonThe Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. Now in our sixth year, we are proud to be sponsored by Fallen London, the award-winning browser game of a dark and mysterious London, designed by Failbetter Games.

The Kitschies’ 2014 awards were selected from 198 submissions, from over 40 publishers and imprints. Congratulations to all the winners, and indeed all who made the shortlists, and thanks to everyone who submitted a title for consideration. The Kitschies were presented in 4th March 2014 in London.

The 2015 shortlist announcement is here.

The judges are frantically reading, playing, and judging. Watch this space for shortlist announcements.

2014 Winners

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

The winner of the Kitschies Red Tentacle for 2014 was Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey). Judge Kim Curran said, “We loved all the shortlist, and Grasshopper Jungle was, in the end, the novel with the biggest chance to actually blow a young person’s mind.”

The rest of the shortlist included:

  • Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson (Viking)
  • The Way Inn, by Will Wiles (4th Estate)
  • The Race, by Nina Allan (NewCon Press)


The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

The Golden Tentacle for debut went to Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape). The judges noted the audacity and craft of the novel.

The rest of the shortlist included:

  • The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne (Blackfriars)
  • Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (Self-Published)
  • The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara (Atlantic Books)


The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

The Inky Tentacle for cover art went to Tigerman, cover by Glenn O’Neill (William Heinemann)

The rest of the shortlist included:

  • The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, cover by Ben Summers (Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Through the Woods, cover by Emily Carroll and Sonja Chaghatzbanian (Faber and Faber)
  • The Book of Strange New Things, cover by Rafaela Romaya and Yehring Tong (Canongate)


The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)

Our first-ever Invisible Tentacle for natively digital fiction went to Kentucky Route Zero, Act III, by Cardboard Computer.


The rest of the shortlist included:

  • echovirus12, 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 and Meg Jayanth
  • Sailor’s Dream, by Simogo


Learn more about this year’s judging panels.

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