Semiosis has been nominated for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. I am honored — and awed by the other nominees. Perhaps it will impress the judges that the cover art of my book features genuine tentacles.
The Kitschies, a British award, describes itself as a way to reward “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” The Golden Tentacle Award is for debut authors, and the full list of nominees are:
Children Of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan MacMillan) Frankenstein In Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld) Semiosis by Sue Burke (Harper Voyager) Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley (Sandstone Press) The Poppy Way by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
Other Kitschies award categories are Red Tentacle for the best novel, Inky Tentacle for the best cover art, Invisible Tentacle for the best natively digital fiction, and Black Tentacle awarded at the judges' discretion.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on April 15.