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.

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, however.
  • 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 almighty paper flood in late November (We receive in the neighbourhood of 200 submissions a year and our judges need time to read them).
  • Please send us the books that you loved, that you were not sure how to sell, that you were surprised by, that you had to convince your sales & marketing department for, and that you took a risk on

The closing date for The Kitschies is 2359 (GMT), 8th January 2021. There are no exceptions. For books published between 2nd December and 31st December 2020, 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 and Golden Tentacle (Novel and Debut)

Only novels first published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2020 are eligible for the Red Tentacle. Digital original submissions are eligible, as long as they were first published in this calendar year. 

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 person) 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.

Digital first

DRM-free eBook submissions can be sent to to: 

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 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 for where to send physical copies of Red and Golden Tentacle submissions (novel & debut categories).

Please mark all packages FAO: THE KITSCHIES.

Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

Inky Tentacle submissions must be editions published in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

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 2020.

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

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