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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

31 August 2023

Submission deadline: 31 August 2023

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. Entries are open to all nationalities and ages.


  • £5 000 prize money (£2 500 for the Poetry Winner, £2 500 for the Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • A five-day course from Arvon (Poetry & Fiction Winners)
  • One year print subscription to Granta (Poetry & Fiction Winners)
  • One year digital subscription to Mslexia (Poetry & Fiction Winners)
  • Six-week writing poetry course from Curtis Brown Creative (Poetry Winner)
  • Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • A course from  the Poetry School (Poetry Winner)
  • One year print subscription to Poetry London (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)
  • Six-week writing short stories course from Curtis Brown Creative (Fiction Winner)


  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines.
  • Fiction entries should be no more than 2 000 words.
  • Works published or entered elsewhere are accepted.
  • We accept works on any theme.
  • You may enter the Award as many times as you wish, although each work requires a fee and new submission form.

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31 August 2023
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