Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Entry Fee:  Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Submissions close 2 September 2020 at 23:59 BST – British Summer Time)
(Due to a server issue and the website being offline recently, the deadline has been extended by 48 hours)


(Submissions are organised through our Submittable Platform)


  • £1,000 prize money for the Poetry & Short Fiction Winners
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)
  • Selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books
  • One year print subscription to Granta


  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines
  • Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words
  • Works published or entered elsewhere are accepted
  • You may enter the Award as many times as you wish – but each new requires a fee and new submission form. 
  • Both Poetry and Fiction entries should be written in English
  • For more information, read our FAQs here or for our refund policy



Header image: Massimo Colonna, from the (Non) Gravity series. Courtesy of the artist. © Massimo Colonna.