Winners for the 2015 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” were honored March 7, 2016 at The Star of Kings in London. Award recipients received tentacle trophies and cash prizes totaling £2,500.
The Red Tentacle (Novel)
- The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)
- Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
- The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
- The Thing Itself, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
- The Reflection, Hugo Wilcken (Melville House)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut)
- Making Wolf, Tade Thompson (Rosarium)
- Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett (Chatto and Windus)
- The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker)
- The Night Clock, Paul Meloy (Solaris)
- The Shore, Sara Taylor (William Heinemann)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)
- Sally Gardner’s The Door that Led to Where, art direction and design by Jet Purdie, illustration by Dover Publications Inc & Shutterstock (Hot Key)
- Tim Clare’s The Honours, design and illustration by Peter Adlington (Canongate)
- Brian Catling’s The Vorrh, design by Pablo Declan (Coronet)
- Kelly Link’s Get In Trouble, design by Alex Merto (Canongate)
- Emerald Fennell’s Monsters, art direction by Jet Purdie, illustration by Patrick Leger (Hot Key)
The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)
- LIFE IS STRANGE (Square Enix)
- The Last Hours of Laura K, (BBC Writer’s Room)
- Daniel Barker’s Birthday, Frog Croakley (@FrogCroakley)
- Bloodborne (Hidetaka Miyazaki/FromSoftware)
- Arcadia, Iain Pears (Faber/Touchpress)
The Black Tentacle, a discretionary award for “outstanding achievement in encouraging and elevating the conversation around genre literature,” went to “the genre community, personified by Patrick Ness,” for raising £689,793.56 for Save the Children.
Winners were chosen from 176 submissions, from over 60 publishers and imprints. Novel and debut winners were selected by judges Nazia Khatun, Sarah Lotz, Glen Mehn, Nikesh Shukla, and James Smythe. Judges for art were Dapo Adeola, Sarah McIntyre, Lauren O’Farrell, and Regan Warner. Judges for Digital Fiction were Rebecca Levene, Em Short, and James Wallis.
For more, see the Kitschies website.