Red Tentacle & Golden Tentacle

Kate Griffin is the name under which Catherine Webb writes fantasy books for adults. First published when a teenager, she's been writing for just long enough to have started to forget her early plots and characters. She likes big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting, and is endlessly fascinated by such questions as who leaves copies of the yellow pages on top of bus shelters, how the hidden tunnels beneath the sorting office were built, and why anyone would ever dispose of perfectly good pairs of shoes by throwing them over the nearest telephone line. To keep herself occupied between chapters, she works as a theatre lighting designer in the happy expectation that two artsy careers create a perfectly balanced life.

Adam Roberts is a Professor in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has also published a certain number of science fiction novels. It is a matter of considerable regret to him that his two most recent titles, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (with Mahendra Singh; Gollancz 2014) and Béte (Gollancz 2014) are both ineligible for the submission to the Kitschies, which award he considers 'the most exciting and stimulating of all the many awards for Fantastic Fiction we have.'

Frances Hardinge was brought up in a sequence of small, sinister English villages. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford, fell in love with the city's crazed archaic beauty, and lived there for many years. Whilst working as a technical author for a software company she started writing her first children's novel, Fly by Night, and was with difficulty persuaded by a good friend to submit the manuscript to Macmillan. She now has six published novels, all darkly speculative and aimed at children and young adults. Frances is seldom seen without her hat and is addicted to volcanoes.

Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control, Delete and Glaze. She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter. She's worked in advertising ever since. She is a mentor at Bethnal Green Ventures, the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

Glen Mehn is the new director of The Kitschies and writes speculative fiction during his very limited spare time. He can often be found on an aeroplane going somewhere unusual speaking about social innovation: he designs innovation programmes that help people use technology address social or environmental problems. He's been a lighting designer, investor, an IT architect, operations director, a dishwasher, a sometime writer.

Inky Tentacle

Coming soon.

Black Tentacle

The Black Tentacle is a discretionary award, given by the board of The Kitschies. The current board consists of Chloe Healy, Jenni Hill, Glen Mehn, Mark Charan Newton, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin.

Previous Judges of The Kitschies

The 2013 judges included Nick Harkaway, Annabel Wright, Anab Jain, Cat Webb and Will Hill (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Hazel Thompson, Emma Vieceli, Craig Kennedy and Sarah Anne Langton (Inky Tentacle).

The 2012 judges included Patrick Ness, Rebecca Levene and Jared Shurin (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Lauren O'Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren (Inky Tentacle).

The 2011 judges included Lauren Beukes, Rebecca Levene, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Catherine Hemelryk, Craig Kennedy, Darren Banks and Hayley Campbell (Inky Tentacle).