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, literature’s most tentacular prize, are now open to submissions for books published in the UK in 2021. 

The Kitschies reward 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 trophies.

The prize is now in its twelfth year. Previous winners including Margaret Atwood, Susanna Clarke, Micaiah Johnson, Clare Rees, Madeleine Miller, Jan Carson,Nina Allan, Ruth Ozeki, Lauren Beukes, China Miéville, Karen Lord, Nick Harkaway, Kameron Hurley and Patrick Ness.

The 2020 Kitschies were won by Susanna Clarke’’s Piranesi (Red Tentacle) and Micaiah Johnson’s’ The Space Between Worlds (Golden Tentacle), selected from a shortlist that included Kim Stanley Robinson, N.K. Jemisin, Nastasha Pulley, Curdella Forbes, Kawai Strong Washburn, Jordan Ifueko, Deepa Anappara, and Laura Jean McKay. Allison Saltzman collected the Inky Tentacle for the cover design of Jonathan Lethem’s The Arrest. These winners were chosen from 187 submissions from over 50 publishers and imprints, including self-published books. The prize is open to both digital and physical submissions.

The Kitschies does not and will never charge a fee for entering.

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

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Who are our 2021 Judges?