The Kitschies announce their shortlists

The Way InnThe Kitschies are awarded to novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic. Now in its sixth year, there are four categories and the winners receive a total of £2,500 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s Tentacle trophies. The Kitschies’ 2014 finalists were selected from 198 submissions, from over 40 publishers and imprints. The winners will be announced on the 4th March.

The Golden Tentacle category for best debut-

This year a self-published novel – Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small – has made the shortlist too.

The Red Tentacle award for best novel Lagoon

The Inky Tentacle award for cover art –

The final award is the Invisible Tentacle for natively digital fiction. The shortlist is made up of  Twitter fiction @echovirus12, curated by Jeff Noon (@jeffnoon), Ed (@3dgriffiths), James Knight (@badbadpoet), violet sprite (@gadgetgreen), Richard Biddle (@littledeaths68), Mina Polen (@polen), Uel Aramchek (@ThePatanoiac), Graham Walsh (@t_i_s_u), and Vapour Vox (@Wrong_Triangle); Kentucky Route Zero, Act III, by Cardboard Computer; 80 Days, by Inkle Studios; and Sailor’s Dream by Simogo.