The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 15th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.
Shortlisted writers (20 fiction, 40 poetry) are awarded with publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology(link is external) (link is external)as well as online listing and inclusion in our press materials.
Two main winners are selected – one for poetry and one for fiction – each awarded with £2,500 as well as publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology(link is external) (link is external) and further awards with our partner organisations (listed below).
Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.
Entries open until 31 August 2021.
Submissions are organised through our Submittable Platforms – find the poetry submittable here(link is external), and the short fiction submittable here(link is external).
- January 2020 – 31 August 2021: Entries open
- September 2021: Judging begins
- November 2021: Shortlisted writers are contacted and book proofs sent
- December 2021: Winners and are announced
- December 2021: Publication of winners and shortlist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2022