Margaret Atwood wins Kitschies Red Tentacle Award

tentacle-book.pngMargaret Atwood sports a red-tentacled fascinator at the The Kitschies in London. (Twitter)

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award on Monday night, a prize awarded to the best in speculative fiction.

"Even as a part of an incredibly strong shortlist, The Heart Goes Last felt like an astonishing achievement," said judge James Smythe. "It's an unsettling view of a future that - like so many of Atwood's novels - feels all too prescient. Funny and devastating and wonderful, we all loved it."

Atwood beat out Dave Hutchinson for Europe at Midnight, Hugo Wilcken for The Reflection, N.K. Jemisin for The Fifth Season and Adam Roberts for The Thing Itself.

The judges commented that all of the shortlisted novels were "batshit brilliant." Atwood said she was glad to know "you can never be too old to be batshit."

Atwood won $1,904.40 (£1,000) and a "handcrafted tentacle trophy," which she described as "huggable."

Other winners at the Kitschies in London included author Tade Thompson for his debut novel, Making Wolf, and Jet Purdie for the cover design of The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner. Square Enix Studios won the Invisible Tentacle for the best in "natively digital fiction" for a project called Life Is Strange.

The Kitschies are in their seventh year, now sponsored by the browser game Fallen London. Previous winners include Ruth Ozeki and Patrick Ness.

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