The Kitschies for 2021 are now open for submissions.

The Kitschies, proudly 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.

There are three categories you may submit to: 

  • The Golden Tentacle – this is for debut novels.
  • The Red Tentacle – this is for non-debut novels.
  • The Inky Tentacle – this is for cover art, and can include novellas, short stories, and anthologies as well as novels.

Any queries should be sent to

Please read the details below carefully and contact us before submitting your book(s) for the addresses and shipping details.

There is no submission fee for The Kitschies. Please note the following:

  •  The Kitschies prefer digital submissions (ebooks). You may send us physical books but it is easier on all our judges to have ebooks. Please be prepared to send us several physical copies for the ceremony if you are shortlisted.

  •  Although there is no limit on the number of titles that can be submitted from each publisher or author, we do ask that publishers not send us their entire catalogue.

  •  Please select your books that deserve to be recognised as progressive, intelligent, and entertaining.

  • Please send us books throughout the year, rather than in one enormous batch in late November (We receive in the neighbourhood of 200 submissions a year and our judges need time to read them).

The closing date for The Kitschies is 14th January 2022. There are no exceptions. For books published between 2nd December and 31st December 2021, we are happy to accept advance or proof copies, or to receive them after the deadline by prior arrangement.

Thank you very much for your support.

Red Tentacle (Novel)

Only novels first published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2021 are eligible for the Red Tentacle. Digital original submissions are eligible, as long as they were first published in this calendar year.

Golden Tentacle (Debut)

To qualify as a debut, the submission must be 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.

The Kitschies require either six physical copies (one per judge) or one DRM-free ebook copy for judging. Digital submissions are preferred and please note that one of our judges this year is not based in the UK. You will need to take into account shipping costs and the extra time it will take for the judge to receive the entry if you choose to submit a physical copy.

Please send DRM-free ebook editions to:

Under no circumstances will the directors distribute these ebooks to anyone other than the judges. .epub and/or .mobi strongly preferred: reading a PDF on an e-reader is awful.

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.

Please contact us for the judges addresses if digital copies of the books cannot be sent.

Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

Inky Tentacle submissions must be editions published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

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

Please note, all Red and Golden submissions will automatically be included in the Inky category in 2021.

All submissions for the Inky Tentacle must include the name or names of the artists and designers involved. If you are sending digital artworks, please send these as PDFs.

Please contact if you need to send physical submissions for the Inky Tentacle.