The Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have announced the winners for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2017.
The hand-crafted tentacle trophies were awarded at a ceremony held at London’s Star of Kings on April 9. The winners included a science fiction tale in a future of mercenaries and interstellar monopolies; the tale of sisters reunited and the struggle to believe memories over reality; and an epic narrative following three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future.
Below find the complete shortlist, with winners in bold.
The Red Tentacle (Novel), judged by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Ewa Scibor-Rylska, and Alasdair Stuart:
- Winner: The Rift by Nina Allan (Titan)
- Black Wave by Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)
- We See Everything by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
- Fever by Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)