The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology 2017

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology returns with a selection of extraordinary short fiction and poetry to spark the literary imagination. The winners and finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award represent a broad selection of the very best in established and promising international talent. The featured compositions invoke a rich array of imagery and concepts that illuminate daily life. This inspirational collection combines longevity with innovation – a book that will stay with the reader, whilst offering new perspectives on the world and our place within it.

Poetry Winner: Ian M Dudley’s Fish and Chips
Ian M Dudley lives in Oxford. The poem Fish and Chips won the 2015 Oxonian Review poetry competition and is part of a sequence of poems called Business Class about work in a large multinational company. Ian is currently writing poems whose titles all begin with the words “A Box of.”

Fiction Winner: Christina Sander’s What Happens At The Edge
Christina Sanders lives in Brighton. What Happens at the Edge is part of a short story collection on the theme of compromise. Other stories in the collection have been published in the Bath Short Story Anthology, Rattle Tales, Litro and Toasted Cheese. Her work explores the borders between desire and eventuality.

58 other shortlisted writers have been included in the anthology, which is available to buy now:

1. Judith Jones, Rendezvous (2016). Courtesy of the artist.