Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2023

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is celebrating 15 years of supporting outstanding writers. The Award was launched after the publication of Aesthetica Magazine, as a way to support the next generation of literary talent. Including both established and emerging practitioners to submit pieces on any theme, celebrating innovative poetry and short fiction. These were published in the Creative Works Annual. This publication was an anthology of new writing and new artwork, but as the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the Art Prize started to reach more audiences, the decision was made in 2013 to separate them into two Awards with their own prizes and publications.

Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The £5,000 international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction entries on any theme, celebrating innovation in content and form.

The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.

Previous anthologies have harnessed the power of language to explore an age of unprecedented change and uncertainty. They have expressed complex emotions – telling personal and global stories. Our 2021 shortlisted works connected readers to a profound sense of self as well as their shared humanity: friendships, fairytales and romantic relationships told in new ways.

We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique. Winning pieces have reflected upon both social and political structures, human relationships and experiences. They have pushed the boundaries of imagination – providing new possibilities and ideas. To find out more about our shortlist, view our Success Stories here.

Entry fees
Poetry: £12
Short fiction: £18

£2,500 for the Poetry Winner
£2,500 for the Short Fiction Winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.


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