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Visual Writing Prompts

Aesthetica selects five images to inspire your poetry and short fiction. They are ideal writing prompts – dreamlike shores and neon streets.

5 Tips to Inspire Your Writing

Now is the time to get creative with language. Aesthetica presents five key pieces of advice for writing great poetry and short fiction.

Literary Prizes to Enter

Discover 10 literary prizes that are open for entries across poetry, short fiction and performance. Stay home and be inspired by words.

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.

CWA: Last Chance

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates poetry and short fiction. Enter by 31 August.

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.

NGV’s Publishing Prize

The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, has launched a new international publishing prize as part of the annual Art Book Fair.

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.

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.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries: Prizes for 2016

Now in its 10th year, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is welcoming submissions from emerging and established writers. Prizes include publication, an agent consultation and writing group memberships.

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.

Manifesta 11: Helmhaus and Löwenbräukunst

Löwenbräukunst and Helmhaus are amongst the main exhibition venues at Manifesta 11 2016, including installation, video, sculpture and photography works exploring diverse ideas.

Q+A with Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Finalist, Jo Gatford

Twice finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Jo Gatford has now established a new competition for emerging writers, run by her organisation Writers’ HQ.

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.

Q&A with Future Now Speaker Julia Michalska, The Art Newspaper

Julia Michalska, Deputy Web Editor at The Art Newspaper, joins Future Now as a panelist in Session 10: The Permanence of Print Part II for a discussion on print in today’s digital world.

A life in lines: Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, Books, Camera, Ubu at Camden Arts Centre

Books are in the bones of the Camden Arts Centre. The ghost of this past life reappears in the Centre’s newest show: Books, Camera, Ubu.

Roland Barthes and Victor Burgin, John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery’s final exhibition before moving from Southampton University’s Highfield Campus. brings together two distinctly separate yet intimately entwined critical thinkers.

Review: Paul Maheke’s I Lost Track of the Swarm at South London Gallery

Though filling only two small rooms on South London Gallery’s first floor, Paul Maheke’s I Lost Track of the Swarm has scope far exceeding its confines. A ‘self-taught feminist’ with a particular interest in the pro-black and pro-sex movements, Maheke shies away from aligning his work with academia, preferring to think of it as poetical over theoretical. It is, nonetheless, both intellectually sophisticated and affectively powerful: the kind of output that can be felt and thought about with equal effect.

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