Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts is the author of eighteen novels and Professor of Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. @arrroberts 

Sharan Dhaliwal

Sharan is a video producer, animator and designer for UK Parliament. She runs a South Asian lifestyle magazine called Burnt Roti, because despite working at Parliament, mum still wonders why ‘this kanjari’ didn’t become a doctor like Pinkoo’s daughter. She grew up in Southall, Feltham and Hounslow (aka the golden triangle), and now lives in Stoke Newington. She can be found on panels or the radio, talking diversity, women’s rights and plastic surgery. Find her at @peatreebojangle, screenshotting receipts & cackling.

Daniel Carpenter

Dan is a Northerner down south. His fiction has been published by Unsung Stories, Unthology, and The Shadow Booth, and is forthcoming in The Lonely Crowd. He is the producer and host of The Paperchain Podcast, in which writers perform new work based on prompts, and was longlisted for a Saboteur Award. He is a film critic for Storgy. He can be found both here: @DanCarpenter85 and here 

Lucy Smee

Lucy Smee is a film archivist at the Associated Press. She was also the co-editor of the speculative fiction website Holdfast Magazine from 2013-2016, and has run film clubs and events, including the SE London film club The Bechdel Test Film Club, and the annual film heritage event Home Movie Day London. Some of her favourite books are Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold and Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.  @dearoldsmee

Matt Webb

Matt Webb is a technologist and has recently been investing in startups with R/GA Ventures. He previously ran a pop-up bookshop in a vending machine called Machine Supply, and is co-author of Mind Hacks, a collection of explorations into the workings of the brain. Matt blogs at interconnected.org, is @genmon on Twitter, and lives in south London.



Dapo Adeola is an up and coming Illustrator, character designer and visual development artist whose art work is as random as the variety of interests that make up the man himself. You can find anything from rollerskating Crocodiles to Basketball playing Samurai and Children riding Giant animals popping out of his imagination at any given time. A self confessed Gym junkie with a sharp eye for composition and detail and a somewhat questionable obsession with Black ink and the “lovely heavenly lines it produces” (his words, not ours). Likes to draw “Stuff” when not watching cartoons or running marathons. His debut book Look Up is coming in 2019. He can be found at @dapsdraws

More Inky judges coming soon.


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.


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).