2014 Kitschies Shortlist

Finalists for the 2014 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Race, Nina Allen (NewCon)
  • The Peripheral, William Gibson (Viking)
  • Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith (Egmont)
  • The Way Inn, Will Wiles (4th Estate)


The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • The Girl in the Road, Monica Byrne (Blackfriars)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (self-published)
  • Viper Wine, Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape)
  • Memory of Water, Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins)
  • The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara (Atlantic)


The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

  • Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, Emily Carroll & Sonja Chaghatzbanian (Faber and Faber)
  • Valerie Martin’s The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
  • Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman, Glenn O’Neill (William Heinamann)
  • Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, Rafaela Romaya & Yehring Tong (Canongate)
  • Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming, Ben Summers (Hodder and Stoughton)


The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)


Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. Finalists were chosen from 198 submissions, from over 40 publishers and imprints. Novel and debut winners will be selected by judges Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts, Frances Hardinge, Kim Curran, and Glen Mehn. Judges for art are Jim Kay, Siân Prime, Dapo Adeoloa, and Ed Warren.

Awards will be presented in a ceremony March 4, 2015. For more, see the Kitschies website.