The Kitschies

The Kitschies reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.We are proudly sponsored by Blackwell’s.


The Kitschies announce the opening of submissions for 2019

The Kitschies, sponsored by Blackwell’s, literature’s most tentacular prize, are pleased to announce the 2019 judging panel and the opening of submissions for books published in the UK in 2019.

These five individuals will be tasked with finding the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative and fantastic. Winners receive a total of £2,500 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic hand-crafted Tentacle trophies.

The prize is now in its tenth year, with previous winners including Nina Allan, Ruth Ozeki, Lauren Beukes, China Miéville, Karen Lord, Nick Harkaway, Kameron Hurley and Patrick Ness.

Last year’s winners were Madeline Miller’s Circe (Red Tentacle) and Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein In Baghdad (Golden Tentacle), selected from a shortlist that included works by Tade Thompson, Rebecca Ley, R.F. Kuang, and Becky Chambers. Suzanne Dean collected the Inky Tentacle for the cover design of Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore.

The judges for the Red and Golden Tentacles, for novels and debut novels, are Claire North, Kirsty Logan, Alasdair Stewart, Michaela Grey and Tasha Suri. Inky Tentacle judges will be announced soon.

Claire North says:

“The Kitschies has always been one of the most fun and interesting awards around, and changed the way I think about books, genre and fiction.  It’s an honour to be part of it again, and I look forward to reading a myriad of wonderful books.”

Last year, The Kitschies received 178 submissions from over 50 publishers and imprints, including self-published books. The prize is open to both digital and physical submissions.

We would also like to welcome back Anne Perry as Co-Director of the awards, along with Leila Abu el Hawa.

Please see the for more information about the judges and the prize as well as to get submissions instructions.


Leila Abu el Hawa

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