The Kitschies 2020 Shortlists

The 2020 Kitschies Award shortlists have been revealed. The prize, sponsored by Blackwell’s, is given to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.”

This year’s shortlisted books were winnowed down from 177 submissions, coming from 55 publishers. The Kitschies administrators announced that 80% of the submissions were from white authors, 20% from non-white authors, 50% from female authors, 48% from male authors 2% from non binary authors.

The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on July 21, and receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic Tentacle trophies.


Judged by M.R. Carey, Clare Rees, Mahvesh Murad, Kaiya Shang and Daphne Lao Tong

  • 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)
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Ministry For The Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)


Judged by M.R. Carey, Clare Rees, Mahvesh Murad, Kaiya Shang and Daphne Lao Tong

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


Judged by Paul Wiseall, Fleur Clarke, Claire Richardson and Jeffrey Alan Love

  • 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)

[Via Locus Online.]

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