Finalists announced for The Kitschies 2011

Find out the winners at the SFX Weekender 3

The SFX Awards 2012 aren’t the only prizes that will be dished out at this year’s SFX Weekender. The prestigious online literary awards The Kitschies will also be handing out their top gongs to the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining novels that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic”. The list of finalists for this year’s awards have just been announced, find out who takes the top gongs on Friday night at the SFX Weekender.

The shortlisted books for the Red Tentacle (for novel):

•      The Enterprise of Death by Jesse Bullington (Orbit)
•      Embassytown by China Miéville (Tor)
•      A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd (Walker Books)
•      The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (Sandstone)
•      Osama: A Novel by Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)

The shortlisted books for the Golden Tentacle (for debut):

•      Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick (Tor)
•      God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
•      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)
•      Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
•      The Samaritan by Fred Venturini (Blank Slate Press)

The shortlisted books for the Inky Tentacle (for cover art):

•      Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch; illustration by Stephen Walter, design by Patrick Knowles (TAG Fine Arts) (Gollancz)
•      The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan; design by Peter Mendelsund (Canongate)
•      The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco; design by Suzanne Dean, illustration by John Spencer (Harvill Secker)
•      Equations of Life by Simon Morden; design by Lauren Panepinto (Orbit)
•      A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd; illustration by Jim Kay (Walker Books)

The winning author of the Red Tentacle will receive a £750 prize; the winners of the Golden Tentacle and Inky Tentacles each receive £250. All three will also receive iconic, hand-made Tentacle trophies. All the finalists receive a bottle of The Kraken Rum, the lucky devils.

The judging panel for the Red and Golden Tentacles is:

•      Lauren Beukes (2010 Red Tentacle winner for Zoo City)
•      Rebecca Levene
•      Anne C. Perry
•      Jared Shurin

The judging panel for the Inky Tentacle is:

•      Darren Banks
•      Hayley Campbell
•      Catherine Hemelryk
•      Craig Kennedy
•      Anne C. Perry

As with the SFX Weekender, this is The Kitschies third year. The SFX Weekender 3 takes place at Prestatyn holiday camp in North Wales on Friday 3rd February and Saturday 4th February 2012. Weekend passes and accommodation are completely sold out, but there are still day passes 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.