Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Kitschies!

The 2020 Kitschies, the British, tentacle-themed awards recognizing “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction containing elements of the speculative and fantastic,” were announced today in a virtual ceremony. The award directors also announced a new category will be added next year: The Golden Key for Unpublished Manuscripts.

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Golden Tentacle (Debut Novel)

  • WINNER: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn (Canongate)
  • The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara (Chatto & Windus)
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (Hot Key Books)

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (Canongate)
  • The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

This year’s judges for the Golden and Red Tentacles were M.R. Carey, Clare Rees, Mahvesh Murad, Kaiya Shang, and Daphne Lao Tong.

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Design)

  • WINNER: The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem. Cover design by Allison Saltzman and illustration by Dexter Maurer (Atlantic Books)
  • Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin. Cover design by Ben Summers (Oneworld)
  • Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna. Cover design by Andrew Davis (Harper Voyager)
  • The Harpy by Megan Hunter. Cover design by Lucy Scholes and illustration by Amy Judd (Picador)
  • The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. Cover design by Lauren Panepinto (Orbit)

The Inky Tentacle judges were Paul Wiseall, Fleur Clarke, Claire Richardson, and Jeffrey Alan Love.

The 2020 Glentacle—”a discretionary award for a person or group who, the directors determined, contributed something significant and special to the community”—was awarded to Simon Key of the Big Green Bookshop in Hastings, for his “extraordinary generosity and selflessness to readers.”

The Kitschies are sponsored by Blackwell’s, and are a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of genre literature. For more on the organization and the awards, see their website.


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