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 social 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 and a bottle of The Kraken's black spiced rum.
The 2013 winner is Malorie Blackman, OBE, for, amongst many other reasons, using her position as Children's Laureate to raise the tone of the discussion, and promote progressive, intelligent, and entertaining storytelling in all forms, from comic books to science fiction to Jane Eyre.