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Words for Freedom

The Freedom From Torture poetry competition winner is announced. Brian Doherty was selected by Aesthetica and a panel of jurors.

Top Literary Podcasts

Stay inspired and informed with a selection of key literary podcasts to listen to. Spanning poetry and fiction, they look to the past, present and future.

Creative Writing Award: 10 Lines

Aesthetica brings together a collection of ten evocative lines from the Creative Writing Award, chosen to spark your creativity whilst at home.

Images to Inspire Your Writing

Aesthetica selects five images from the archives to inspire your creativity. These atmospheric works are rich in narrative, for a poem or short story.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Winners Announced

The winners of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award have been announced, celebrating excellence in contemporary poetry and fiction.

CWA: Inspirational Narratives

The 2017 Creative Writing Award closes for entries on 31 August. Submit your work and become part of a wider network of literary visionaries.

Christina Sanders: Short Fiction Winner

Christina Sanders, winner of Short Fiction in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017, discusses the opportunities presented by short form.

Ian M Dudley: Poetry Winner

Poetry Winner Ian M Dudley’s sequence, entitled Business Class, explores the notion of work in a large multinational company.

The 11th Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

Internationally renowned, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries for its 11th year, inviting both emerging and established writers.

An Inspiring Collection of New Writing

The recently published Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2017 unites 60 international writers, both established an emerging, in an inspiring collection.

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.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park: 2017 Events

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), Wakefield, has a wide range of events coming up in 2017, featuring major indoor and open-air exhibitions.

Design and the Concrete Poem

A new exhibition at the Lighthouse Gallery as part of Outside-in / Inside-out Festival, Design & the Concrete Poem, explores the centrality of design and typography to the movement.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Last Day to Enter

Today marks the final day to enter the 10th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. The literary prize welcomes submissions in poetry and short fiction from emerging and established writers.

Last Weekend to Enter the 10th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

As the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award call for entries deadline approaches, we look back at last year’s Fiction Winner Jasmine Sky Ruff who was selected for her short story Polaroid Venation.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries: Two Weeks to Go

There’s still two weeks left to enter this year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Now in its 10th year, the award is internationally renowned and is judged by literary experts. Entries close 31 August.

HYPER BOWL – Tamsyn Challenger, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Following on from the success of her previous Edinburgh Festival exhibitions, Tamsyn Challenger returns to focus on what happens when discourse gets swallowed up by exaggeration.

Interview with Dr Seth Clabough: All Things Await

Dr. Seth Clabough’s short story Sharing Wounds was published by Aesthetica when he was first starting out as a writer. We catch up with Clabough after his debut novel All Things Await is published.

A Celebration of Contemporary Writing: Submissions Open

A celebration of new writing, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award champions and supports emerging and established writers. Prizes include consultation and memberships to leading literary organisations.

Q&A with Ríona Judge McCormack, Creative Writing Award Finalist

Ríona Judge McCormack was longlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, and has since been discovered by Eve White Agency.

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