Submissions for The Kitschies close on 1 December.
The Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum, look for the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. There is a £2,000 prize fund, divided between three categories:
Red Tentacle (Novel): The novel's first UK publication must fall between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. The 2012 winner will receive £1,000, an iconic Tentacle trophy and a bottle of The Kraken Rum.
Golden Tentacle (Debut): As above, but the work must be the author's first published novel in any genre. The 2012 winner will receive £500, an iconic Tentacle trophy and a bottle of The Kraken Rum.
Inky Tentacle (Cover Art): Novels, collections and anthologies are all eligible for this prize, including reprints and new editions, as long as the cover is new for 2012. The 2012 winner will receive £500, an iconic Tentacle trophy and a bottle of The Kraken Rum.
All finalists in all categories will also receive bottles of The Kraken Rum (in case of finalists residing overseas, where shipping restrictions may apply, we may need to provide The Kraken's tentacular swag instead).
There is no submission fee for The Kitschies, but the judges require two physical copies of each title.
Publishers, if you have not yet submitted titles, please contact us at submissions at thekitschies.com for details on how to provide books. Authors, please poke your publishers.
This year's Red and Golden judges are Rebecca Levene, Patrick Ness and Jared Shurin. The Inky judges are Gary Northfield, Lauren O'Farrell and Ed Warren.
Shortlists will be announced January; winners in February.
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