The Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. Now in our sixth year, we are proud to be sponsored by Fallen London, the award-winning browser game of a dark and mysterious London, designed by Failbetter Games.
The Kitschies’ 2014 finalists were selected from 198 submissions, from over 40 publishers and imprints. Congratulations to all who made the shortlists, and thanks to everyone who submitted a title for consideration.
- Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Egmont)
- The Peripheral, by William Gibson (Viking)
- The Way Inn, by Will Wiles (4th Estate)
- The Race, by Nina Allen (NewCon Press)
- Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape)
- The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne (Blackfriars)
- Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins)
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers (Self-Published)
- The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara (Atlantic Books)
- The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
- A Man Lies Dreaming, cover by Ben Summers (Hodder and Stoughton)
- Through the Woods, cover by Emily Carroll and Sonja Chaghatzbanian (Faber and Faber)
- The Book of Strange New Things, cover by Rafaela Romaya and Yehring Tong (Canongate)
- Tigerman, cover by Glenn O’Neill (William Heinamann)
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- Kentucky Route Zero, Act III, by Cardboard Computer
- 80 Days, by Inkle Studios
- Sailor’s Dream, by Simogo
Learn more about this year’s judging panels.
Now here is a shortlist to get excited about I especially want to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet as it is self-published also the The Invisible Tentacle makes a lovely edition to the categories.
Updated with the winners:
The winner of the Kitschies Red Tentacle for 2014 was Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey). Judge Kim Curran said, “We loved all the shortlist, and Grasshopper Junglewas, in the end, the novel with the biggest chance to actually blow a young person’s mind.”
The Golden Tentacle for debut went to Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape). The judges noted the audacity and craft of the novel.
The Inky Tentacle for cover art went to Tigerman, cover by Glenn O’Neill (William Heinemann)
Our first-ever Invisible Tentacle for natively digital fiction went to Kentucky Route Zero, Act III, by Cardboard Computer.