"And the books! Everything from wry and funny hard SF to genre-as-metaphor to several that defy five-word summary. Just such a reminder of what a rich world of fiction, in all its vast and varied plumages, waits out there for the daring reader. Which I kind of think is what the Kitschies is all about."
Jared Shurin – who founded the Pornokitsch website and the awards, along with Anne Perry – adds: "We always look for books that challenge people's expectations of the speculative and fantastic. Although the pool of publishers and authors grows more diverse every year, there's still a lot of work to be done. We hope that the Kitschies helps spur more discussion about what makes great fiction."
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London's Free Word Centre on 26 February. The shortlists follow – what do you think of the choices? And which should win?
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (Heinemann)
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
The Method by Juli Zeh (translated by Sally-Ann Spencer) (Harvill Secker)
The Golden Tentacle (best debut)
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (Heinemann)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday)
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (Jo Fletcher Books)
The City's Son by Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Inky Tentacle (best cover art)
Oliver Jeffers for The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (Doubleday)
Dave Shelton for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)
Peter Mendelsund for The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (Granta)
La Boca for The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)