Pornokitsch to announce the winners of the 2011 Kitschies at the Weekender

Popular online literary awards revealed on Friday 3 February at the SFX event

The SFX Sci-fi Awards 2012 aren’t the only coveted prizes we’ll be dishing out at the SFX Weekender 3. No, we’re not talking about the goodies handed out to the winners of our fiendish Blastermind pub quiz – we’re delighted to announce that our chums at Pornokitsch will be popping along to Prestatyn to hand out their third annual Kitschies on Friday 3 February.

For those not in the know, the Kitschies exist to reward books that “elevate the tone of geek culture” – books that are progressive, intelligent and entertaining. What makes them different to Genero-blog Award X is that Kitschies aren’t handed out willy-nilly. There are only two regular prizes – The Red Tentacle (the novel which best fulfils the above criteria) and The Golden Tentacle (for a debut novel). A special award, The Black Tentacle, is handed out to a piece of work which doesn’t fit the Kitshies criteria, but deserves recognition, at the discretion of Pornokitsch editors Anne Perry and Jared Shurin. The 2011 awards will also see the introduction of The Inky Tentacle, celebrating the year’s finest cover art. The judging panel for the 2011 Red and Golden Tentacle awards include Perry, Shurin, Zoo City author Lauren Beukes and writer Rebecca Levene.

In other words, the Kitschies – which are sponsored by Kraken Rum – are a big deal for SF fiction. We’re honoured to partner with the much-admired site Pornokitsch to announce them as part of the Weekender, and it reflects our ongoing intention to support the wider SF community.

The SFX Weekender takes place at Prestatyn holiday camp in North Wales on Friday 3 February and Saturday 4 February 2012, with our pre-party on Thursday 2 February for the early birds. Plenty of authors are already signed up to take part in talks and panels, so if literary SF is your thing, our third Weekender is the place to be. VIP tickets are already almost sold out but there are still other options available. Make sure you get yours before it’s too late! Book now by calling 08700 11 00 34, or head to www.sfxweekender.com/tickets for more information.