Claire North

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch received widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as ‘little short of a masterpiece’. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and her recent book The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Claire lives in London. @clairenorth42

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan’s latest book is The Gloaming; she is the author of three short story collections, two novels, a flash fiction chapbook, and a short memoir. Her collaborative work includes ‘Lord Fox’, a show of spoken word, song and harp music with Kirsty Law and Esther Swift; and ‘The Knife-Thrower’s Wife’, an Angela Carter-inspired album with Kathryn Williams and Polly Paulusma. Her books have won the Lambda Literary Award, Polari Prize, Saboteur Award, Scott Prize and Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Her work has been adapted for stage, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. @kirstylogan

Alasdair Stuart

2019 Best Fan Writer Hugo Finalist Alasdair Stuart is a genre fiction writer and pop culture analyst as well as former Kitschies judge. His nonfiction has been published by Tor.com , Uncanny Magazine, and Barnes & Noble. His game writing includes ENie nominated work on the Doctor Who RPG and the upcoming After The War from Genesis of Legend. He co-owns the Escape Artists Podcast Network and hosts their horror show, PseudoPod. His most recent publication is The PseudoPod Tapes Volume 2: Approach with Caution, the second collection of expanded essays from PseudoPod available from Fox Spirit Books.  A frequent awards judge including the Kitschies, Brave New Words and the BFS awards, he blogs at [http://www.alasdairstuart.com%2C/]www.alasdairstuart.com, has a pop culture newsletter at The Full Lid and is on social media at @AlasdairStuart.

Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri was born in Harrow, North-West London. The daughter of Punjabi parents, she spent many childhood holidays exploring India with her family, and still fondly remembers the time she was chased around the Taj Mahal by an irate tour guide. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University, and now lives in London where she works as a librarian. To no one’s surprise, she owns a cat. A love of period Bollywood films, history and mythology led her to begin writing South Asian influenced fantasy. @tashadrinkstea

Michaela Grey

You might know Michaela from such publications as SFX, Holdfast Magazine, and Geek Syndicate. An avid sf/fantasy fan, she has also been a judge for the 2018 BFS Best Fantasy Novel, and is possibly the only person alive who enjoys commuting for the valuable reading time. @bookiesnacksize


Inky judges coming soon.


The 2018 judges included Adam Roberts, Daniel Carpenter, Lucy Smee, Matt Webb and Sharan Dhaliwal (Red and Golden Tentacles); Dapo Adeola, Lily Ash-Sakula and Maeve Rutten (Inky Tentacle).

The 2017 judges included Leila Abu el Hawa, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Joshua Idehen, Ewa Scibor-Rilka and Alasdair Stuart (Red and Golden Tentacles); Dapo Adeola, Sharan Dhaliwal, Jet Purdie and Stuart Taylor (Inky Tentacle).

There was no award in 2016 as the Kitschies and their tentacles took the year off.

The 2015 judges included Sarah Lotz, James Smythe, Nikesh Shukla, Nazia Khatun, and Glen Mehn (Red and Golden Tentacles); Sarah McIntyre, Regan Warner, Lauren O’Farrell, and Dapo Adeola (Inky Tentacle), and James Wallis, Em Short, and Rebecca Levene (Invisible Tentacle)

The 2014 judges included Adam Roberts, Cat Webb, Kim Curran, and Frances Hardinge (Red and Golden Tentacles); Ed Warren, Dapo Adeola, Jim Kay, and Siân Prime (Inky Tentacle); and Laura Grace, James Wallis, Philo van Kemenade, and Clare Reddington (Invisible Tentacle)

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).