The Black Tentacle is a special achievement award. It is handed out at the discretion of The Kitschies’ board, which is comprised of editors, authors, marketers and entrepreneurs.
The prize is awarded for a work or body of work that does not otherwise fit The Kitschies’ criteria. The winner receives a hand-crafted tentacle.
The 2014 winner was Sarah McIntyre for her outstanding support of genre literature and her fellow artists. 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.
The 2014 winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in March 2015.
Previous winners include Patrick Ness’ Save the Children fundraiser, Malorie Blackman, OBE, The World SF Blog, innovative comic book publisher SelfMadeHero and Donald Westlake’s stunning posthumous novel Memory, published by Hard Case Crime.