Payment Queries

How much is it to enter?

£12 (GBP – pounds sterling) for one Poetry entry and £18 (GBP – pounds sterling) for one Short Fiction entry.

How can I pay my Entry Fee?

You can pay online using your credit/debit card or Paypal account. To pay, please go to the "Enter" page.

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What is your refund policy for competition entries?

If at any time you wish to withdraw from the Creative Writing Award, we will offer you a full refund within 28 days of the purchase date. Refunds will be made by the same method of payment. Please call us on (+44) (0)1904 629 137 during business hours or email us at [emai linfo] and explain that you would like to withdraw.

If it is after the 28 days of the purchase date, a refund cannot be processed.

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General Queries

What is the time-scale?

December 2019: Open for Entries
31 August 2020: Entries Close
September - December 2020: Judging
December 2020: Winners and finalists announced
December 2020: Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2021 published

Is there a theme to the award?

No, there is no theme to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. It is an open call for entries and you are welcome to submit work on any subject.

Who can enter the award?

Anyone can enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. This is an international competition and there is no age limit; we welcome work from entrants of all ages and nationalities.

Do I retain the rights to my work?

Yes, all entrants retain the copyright to all work submitted.

Can I get feedback on my work?

Due to the number of entries received, the judges unfortunately cannot offer any feedback on unsuccessful entries.

Submission Queries

How do I send my submissions to you?

Please enter through our entry platform by clicking here. The form will allow you to upload your work as a text or PDF document. If you have difficulty accessing the enter page, please contact us directly at

I have sent my work but have not yet heard back from you, have you received it?

Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a confirmation email after your entry has been processed. If you have not heard back from us within 14 days, please check your junk folder before contacting us at

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes. You will need to purchase an entry fee for each work you submit. If you wish to purchase multiple entries, you are welcome to do so, but each entry requires its own entry form.

Can I enter more than one work?

Yes. You will need to purchase an entry fee for each work you submit. If you wish to purchase multiple entries, please select "add entries to cart" at the checkout. You will need to enter a title for each entry (the name can be changed once the entry has been purchased).

Should I write my name on my work?

For judging purposes, please do not include your name on the document. Please make sure the title of your work is included on the document.

Can I enter images with my writing?

Due to layout restrictions in the Creative Writing Annual, we cannot consider short story entries that are accompanied by images. However, if you would like to submit a visual or concrete poem – where the visual layout is integral to the piece – please submit as a high-resolution PDF.

We also have a separate award for artists: the Aesthetica Art Prize

Can I submit work that has been previously published elsewhere?

Yes, we accept works that have been previously published. Please include information on previous publications with your submissions. This will not affect the judging process. In the event that you are successful, it is good-practice for competitions and magazines to credit previously published works.

Can I alter my entry once it has been submitted?

 Yes, but these changes will need to be emailed to:

What is the word limit for short fiction entries?

Short fiction entries must be no more than 2,000 words in length. Stories that exceed this limit will not be considered for publication.

What is the line limit for poetry entries?

Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines in length.

I'm having difficulty with the online form, what should I do?

If you are having difficulty accessing the online form, or require a different version for accessibility purposes, please contact us directly at

Can I submit screenplays, scripts or non-fiction?

No. We do not have a category for screenplays or scripts and cannot accept non-fiction entries.