2022 Kitschies Shortlists

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyFinalists for the 2022 Kitschies, awarded for “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Our Share of Night, Mariana Enriquez; translated by Megan McDowell (Granta)
  • Beyond the Burn Line, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Twelve Percent Dread, Emily McGovern (Picador)
  • The Coral Bones, E.J. Swift (Unsung Stories)
  • The Last Blade Priest, W.P. Wiles (Angry Robot)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Our Wives Under the Sea, Julia Armfield (Picador)
  • When We Were Birds, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Brother Alive, Zain Khalid (Atlantic)
  • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Naylor (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • The Immortal King Rao, Vauhini Vara (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, Shehan Karunatilaka, cover by Peter Dyer (Sort of Books)
  • Poster Girl, Veronica Roth, cover by Lydia Blagden (Hodderscape)
  • Motherthing, Ainslie Hogarth, cover by Mark Abrams (Atlantic)
  • Celestial, M.D. Lachlan, cover by Nick Shah, Tomas Almeida, Joanna Ridley & Helen Ewing (Gollancz)
  • Paper Crusade, Michelle Penn, cover by Klara Smith (Arachne)

Finalists were chosen from 215 submissions, from over 50 publishers. Novel and debut winners will be selected by judges Mahvesh Murad, Adam Roberts, Jared Shurin, and Molly Tanzer. Winners will receive tentacle trophies and a total prize of £2,000, sponsored by Blackwell’s.

Awards will be presented in a ceremony on June 24, 2023 at the Bradford Literature Festival in Bradford England. For more, see the Kitschies website.

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