Submissions

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2018 KITSCHIES ARE OPEN

For reference our instructions are below:

The Kitschies, sponsored by Blackwell’s, celebrate progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic. All submissions should keep these criteria in mind.

Please read the details below carefully and contact us before submitting your book(s). We will provide you with the addresses and/or shipping details required.

All queries should be sent to submissions@thekitschies.com.

There is no submission fee for The Kitschies, nor is there a limit on the number of titles than be submitted from each publisher or auther. However we do request that publishers keep our criteria in mind and not send us their entire catalogue. We also prefer to receive books as they are published, rather than in a single batch at the end of the year.

We are happy to accept either physical or electronic copies of submitted titles. The judges will require a total of 7 physical copies (or 1 DRM-free eBook) of any book submitted for the Red or Golden Tentacles and 2 physical copies of any book submitted for the Inky Tentacle.

Digital first

The Kitschies request ebook submissions for novels and paper submissions only for cover art. Please email ebooks to submissions@thekitschies.com.

If you must sent physical books, we will require seven physical copies for Red Tentacle (novel) and Golden Tentacle (debut novel), and two physical copies for Inky Tentacle (cover art) please query submissions@thekitschies.com for addresses

What do we want?

We want speculative fiction that is progressive, intelligent, and entertaining. We accept children’s, YA, mystery, wierdpunk, bonkersscape, or anything.

Send us that book you had to argue to publish. The one that can’t figure out if it’s YA, adult, lit, or SFF. The one that gnawed on your bellybutton. The odd thing that doesn’t fit anywhere. The one that the author’s regular publisher said ‘WTF!?’ about.

Why do we need DRM-free ebooks?

We promise not to share your ebooks outside of the judging circle, but everyone has different platforms and not everyone gets along with a whole host of different platforms. Make it easy on us, please. We solemnly promise not to distribute them to anyone other than the judges. .epub and/or .mobi strongly preferred: reading a PDF on an e-reader is an awful experience.

We also encourage the judging panel to call in titles.

If you need to send physical books please query for details.

 

The closing date for The Kitschies is 2359GMT on 1 November annually. There are no exceptions for books published before this date. For books published between 2 November and 31 December, we are happy to accept advance or proof copies or to receive copies after the deadline only by prior arrangement (i.e. please email us before 1st November to let us know you’re going to send something). Send us an email to enquire.

Thank you very much for supporting The Kitschies.


RED TENTACLE (NOVEL)

Only novels first published in the United Kingdom between 1 January and 31 December 2018 are eligible for submission for the Red Tentacle. eBook-only submissions are eligible, as long as they were first published in this calendar year and available in the United Kingdom.


GOLDEN TENTACLE (DEBUT)

Only novels first published in the United Kingdom between 1 January and 31 December 2018 are eligible for the Golden Tentacle. eBook-only submissions are eligible, as long as they were first published in this calendar year.

Additionally, a book is only eligible for the Golden Tentacle if it is the author’s first novel in any genre and under any name. The author may have previously published short stories, non-fiction, screenplays and collections.


INKY TENTACLE (COVER ART)

Inky Tentacle submissions must be books published in the United Kingdom between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Unlike the other categories, anthologies, collections and novellas are eligible for this prize, as are reprints and paperback editions, as long as the cover is new for the edition submitted.

All submissions for the Inky Tentacle must include the name or names of the artists and designers involved.

Please query for an address to send Inky Tentacle submissions to.


 

BLACK TENTACLE (JUDGES’ DISCRETION)

Please do not send submit recommendations for the Black Tentacle. It is selected at the discretion of The Kitschies’ board.