About the Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a celebration of innovative new writing from across the globe. Each year, the competition invites submissions of short fiction that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique.
Our jury comprises some of the UK's best editors and publishers, and has included representatives from the Guardian, the Independent, Wasafiri, Hodder & Stoughton, Litro, The Rialto, The Poetry Exchange and Jacaranda Books. Our authors and poets who have won, or been longlisted for, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Not the Booker Prize and the Northern Writers' Awards, amongst others. Representatives have also appeared on BBC Radio 3's The Verb, and been featured in the Observer, VICE and HQ.
Our alumni includes winners and shortlistees for the Costa Book Award, National Poetry Competition, TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize.We receive submissions from across the globe, from both established and emerging writers, including editors and board members of Magma, Poetry London, Verve Poetry Press and more.
Each year, we select two winners – one for poetry and one for fiction – who are each awarded £2,500 prize money as well as publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology.
We offer further prizes with esteemed partner organisations, including consultations, subscriptions and courses with The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, Redhammer Management, Granta, VINTAGE
We offer continued support throughout the year, including further exposure through our channels, as well as opportunities for talent development, such as tailored offers to courses, residencies, subscriptions and more.
Short Fiction Prizes