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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (Poetry) Deadline

August 31, 2023, 11:59 PM BST


About the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a celebration of innovative new writing from across the world. Each year, the competition invites submissions of poetry that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique.


Our jury comprises some of the UK’s most renowned 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 include winners and shortlistees for the Costa Book Award, National Poetry Competition, TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. We receive submissions 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

Further prizes from our esteemed partner organisations, including consultations, subscriptions and courses with The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, Redhammer Management, Mslexia, Granta, and more

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.

Prizes Include

£2,500 Prize Money

Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology

A five-day course from Arvon

One-year print subscription to Granta

Full membership to The Poetry Society

A course from the Poetry School

One-year print subscription to Poetry London

One-year digital subscription to Mslexia


How To Enter

Register using the Add to Cart Button above.

Your Entry Form will be emailed to you upon registration.

The deadline for submitting your work is 31 August 2023. 

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August 31, 2023
11:59 PM BST
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