The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now in its eighth year and is open for entries. The Award is an international literary prize that celebrates and champions writers and poets from around the world, and presents an opportunity for them to engage with a wider audience. Janet Lees was selected for the shortlist of 60 writers in last year’s Award with her poem We two girls together singing. Read more about her work as featured in IOM Newspapers.
Janet Lees: We two girls together singing, Shortlisted Poem in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, now in its eighth year, is open for entries and is looking for poetry and short fiction submissions from writers around the world. Accepting works by both budding and established practitioners, the Award is an opportunity for writers at all levels in their career to engage with a wider, international audience and further their involvement in the literary world.
The winner of the Poetry category for the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Charles Fishman, an award-winning writer whose accolades include the 2012 New Millennium Award for Poetry, the Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature (four times), the 1989 American Library Association Outstanding Book of the Year recognition for The Death Mazurka, which was also nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, and the 1987 Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Fishman’s poem Snow Is the Poem Without Flags was selected out of thousands of entries, and published in the current Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We talk to Fishman about his inspiration behind his winning poem and what future projects he has lined up.
Corinne Demas is an award-winning author with 30 books to her name, including five novels, two short story collections, a memoir, a collection of poetry, and numerous books for children, as well as two plays. Her short story Thanksgiving inspired by the return of adult siblings to their childhood home for Thanksgiving is the winning entry for the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. We speak to Demas about her writing projects, past and future.
Aesthetica champions literary talent from around the world through its annual Prize for short fiction and poetry writers. Now going into its 9th year, the Creative Writing Award is an exciting and dynamic addition to the literary world, and attracts thousands of entries from both established and budding writers. This year’s anthology of selected works is now available to order: this is an opportunity to read inspirational works from award winning authors previously published elsewhere as well as from new writers breaking into the industry.
The compelling collection of poetry and short fiction in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology unites established and emerging literary talent from around the world, and features the winners and finalists from this year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. The prize was established to celebrate writers and poets and showcase their work to a wider audience. With over 140 pages of captivating stories in under 2,000 words alongside contemporary poetry, the anthology is a great opportunity for literary lovers to discover inspirational new writing.
There is still time today to enter Aesthetica’s creative opportunities for artists and writers. The Aesthetica Art Prize, now in its eighth year, celebrates excellence in contemporary art from around the world. Artists at any stage in their career working in all media are invited to submit works that demonstrate innovation, creativity and technical skill. The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award supports and publishes literary talent on an international scale, selecting finalists for publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual. We present the prizes available for both awards, which make them essential events to take part in this year.
With a few days remaining to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, we celebrate the winning entry for the fiction category from last year, and present an extract of the short story; Roses are Red by Jennifer Roe. The story is a beautifully written tale of love, betrayal and vulnerability. It is seemingly effortless in its execution, yet layered with emotion and meaning that only becomes clear in the last few paragraphs. It is a perfect example of how the short story can be powerful in its brevity; each carefully chosen word precisely placed creates a story that stays with the reader long after finishing.
There is one week left to enter the Aesthetica Art Prize, an annual award which celebrates excellence in contemporary art. Entries are welcome from artists at all stages in their career and working in any medium. We present a selection of longlisted artists from the latest edition of the award in anticipation of the call for entries deadline.
Sylvia Adams is the winner of the latest edition of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her poem Hands, A Choice. Adams is the author of the novel This Weather of Hangmen, and the writer of award-winning chapbook Mondrian’s Elephant, (Cranberry Tree Press). Titles to her name also include Dinner at the Dog Pound and Sleeping on the Moon, which was the runner-up for the 2006 Lampman Award. We present the winning poem.
Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries until 31 August, presenting a fantastic opportunity for short fiction and poetry writers to showcase their work to a wider audience. Judges include Arifa Akbar, Literary Editor at The Independent and i newspapers and Professor Oz Hardwick, Writer, Photographer and Musician. The Award invites submissions from writers at any stage in their career. Prizes include publication for shortlisted writers, and a consultation with Christine Green Authors’ Agent and Apples and Snakes for the poetry and fiction winners respectively. Previous finalists include Lesley Quayle, Sharon Black, Lauren K. Alleyne and Christina Lloyd.
Short fiction writer Keren Heenan is one of a number of selected writers shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Award and published in the Annual. The Award is open for entries until 31 August, and is accepting works from writers at all stages of their career and on any topic. We present an extract from Heenan’s short story, Lament.
Over 150 leading authors and artists from more than 30 countries come together for South-East Asia’s most exciting literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF). Sir VS Naipaul, Amitav Ghosh and Eimear McBride are some of the names to be taking part in this celebration of global issues, big ideas and extraordinary stories.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award unites writers from around the world in a celebration of excellence in poetry and short fiction. Whether this is your first writing venture or you have published works previously, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an opportunity to showcase your writing to a wider audience. Finalists from the latest edition of the Award cover a broad range of topics reflecting upon contemporary life and culture through writing. We present a selection of finalists whose contributions to the literary world are great, and continue to impact upon new writing today.
Celebrating excellence in creative writing from around the world, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is inviting submissions in poetry and short fiction, which will be in with a chance of winning publication. Finalists will also win career-boosting opportunities including, consultations with poetry and fiction organisations and £500 cash amongst other great prizes. We bring you a selection of finalists from the latest Award to reveal what these writers and poets are doing now.
There are four weeks left to enter Aesthetica’s Creative Writing Award, and with new prizes announced including a consultation with London-based agency Christine Green Authors’ Agent and mentoring with Apples and Snakes, it is an opportunity not to be missed. Aspiring literary professionals are encouraged to enter who through the award will be given the chance to publish work and further their involvement in the international literary world. We highlight the prizes that make this award an important event in any writer’s calendar.
Finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award will be given opportunities to generate greater audience reach for their literary works through a number of substantial prizes which include publication. The Award remains open for submissions until 31 August. We look at the short fiction writer Rosalind Green, selected for her story The Love that Mattered, who is now pursuing her dreams as a full-length fiction writer.
Questioning the world around us is a continuous necessity and the desire to challenge everyday systems reinvigorates daily life. This special 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation and we take a look at a number of practitioners that are breaking new ground within their given fields. Inside this issue we start with a retrospective of French artist Annette Messager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. For over five decades she has given ordinary objects new meaning in her large-scale installations.
There is one month left to submit poetry and short fiction to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Dianna Henning was longlisted for the most recent Award with her poem Between Young and Old Time, published in the Award’s Annual along with 53 other writers selected by the judging panel. Henning holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has published in: Crazyhorse, The Lullwater Review, Poetry International, Fugue, Swink, The Asheville Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review and The Seattle Review.
Aesthetica celebrates the work of writers through its Creative Writing Award, championing outstanding short fiction that demonstrates creative content and quality of form. Now in its eighth year, the Award supports writers who are longlisted for the Award and publishes their selected works in the Creative Writing Annual. We look in depth at short fiction writer Gemma Hawdon and present an extract from her selected story.
There is just over one month left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, which supports and publishes creative talent from around the world in an aim to champion emerging and established writers. We highlight those longlisted from the latest award, which include Lucienne Kim Flavell author of Borders, published in the poetry section of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.
In anticipation of the call for entries countdown for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award on 31 August, we provide an insight into the winning writers selected for the latest prize. Writer of shortlisted poem Tumbleweed (After Edward Hopper & Hart Crane), Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough, UK, and is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Teesside University. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines and has been translated into Finnish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Karelian, Estonian, Urdu and Swedish.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is inviting entries in short fiction and poetry from writers at all stages in their career. In addition to publication, £500 prize money, books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books, we are delighted to announce that Aesthetica has partnered with Granta, the quarterly magazine of new writing, to offer each winner a subscription to the publication.
Recently, Londoners and visitors might have found themselves sitting on concrete benches, which resemble half open books. Benches not only look like a book, they are fully dressed up by different depictions that resemble and celebrate the literary heritage of London. For the Summer 2014 the National Literary Trust and Wild in Art are the promoters of the project Books about Town whose purpose isn’t just limited to the celebration of the rich literary background that London offers, as it aims to engage the public through the joy of reading, via art.
Kyler Zeleny’s work focuses on the family album and found Polaroids. His current interests relate to rural mythology, in which he using photography to explore cultures. Zeleny was longlisted in the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize with his piece Broken Road from his current Out West project.
Offering both aspiring and established writers the opportunity to publish their work, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a rare chance to further your engagement with an international audience and develop your writing acclaim in the industry worldwide.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is a celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction, which promises to inspire you long after reading. This compelling collection unites established and emerging literary talent from across the world, and features the winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2013.
Art Basel brings together contemporary works in its expansive art fair with 300 participating galleries from across the globe. Running 19-22 June, the event includes the highest quality of art in a wide range of forms, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Every year Art Basel attracts tens of thousands of visitors, entertaining everyone from art enthusiasts to collectors. We take a look at five of the galleries participating and the artists represented on their stands this year.
Born in USSR in 1986 in Leningrad city (Saint-Petersburg), photographer Uldus Bakhtiozina has long been impacted by her Russian heritage. Working on a new book that explores the fairy tales of pagan Russia, Bakhtiozina looks for the stories behind the image. The artist studied photography at Central Saint Martins, London, where she lived for a number of years before returning to Moscow. Currently specialising in photo-based-art, fashion photoshoots and music videos, she has been published in Vogue Italy, exhibited work internationally and was the first Russian speaker at TED. She speaks to Aesthetica about her favourite locations and her frustrations with the current trends in photography.
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to new, international audiences. Presented by Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates outstanding new writing and publishes a collection of finalists every year, which unites established and emerging literary talent from across the world.
Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.
Hanna Tuulikki’s Away with the Birds (Air falbh leis na h-eòin) is a performance piece exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. The performance is an ambitious site-specific project on the Isle of Canna and is an outdoor staging of Tuulikki’s score, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into a soundscape that grows out of the landscape.
Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes. Unconcerned with taking photographs for a commercial purpose, Araki is content to just show his final works to friends and he prefers to aim his lens at the things he loves and the places he is familiar with. However, his art is due to be appreciated by many more people as an overview of his provocative practice is now documented in Taschen’s Araki by Araki.
The bank holiday weekend gives most of us two extra days to get out and see some fantastic art. Works from Modern art giant, Henri Matisse, are on display at Tate Modern, while Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography can be seen at Centre Pompidou. Camilla Grimaldi Gallery has salvaged portraits from an art studio in Uganda and brought them over to London and Scotland’s National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ haunting work. Read on to find out more about Aesthetica‘s recommended exhibitions this weekend.
In addition to Aesthetica’s very own Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, there’s a number of wonderful art shows on display this weekend. If you’re near York, you can catch some of the most exciting emerging talents and trends in contemporary art today and if you’re elsewhere, you can be bewildered by Tobias Rehberger’s overwhelming installations in Frankfurt. At London’s Thomas Dane Gallery, Abraham Cruzvillegas destroys entire movements, while in Sheffield Wu Chi-Tsung creates entire cities from mere shadows. Wherever you are, make sure you see something this weekend.
German artist Sybille Neumeyer was announced as the winner of the Main Prize for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 at the exhibition preview last night. Her stunning light installation Song for the Last Queen (2013) is comprised of 7,614 bees – one eighth of the colony – that were collected from a naturally collapsed bee hive and placed as a rhythm of black spots in honey creating a silent score.
The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition opens this week on 3 April at York St Mary’s, York. Celebrating innovative and outstanding artworks, the display features shortlisted pieces from artists in the following categories: Photographic and Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture; Painting and Drawing, and Video, Installation and Performance. The presentation highlights artistic talent from locations including Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile and the UK. We take a closer look at the eight selected individuals.
Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.
The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up, returns for the fifth year. Celebrating graphic art in all its various formations, the event transforms the walls of Somerset House into a visually stimulating masterpiece as it brings together some of the best artists working in this practice from across the world. Aimed at being the antithesis of a traditional art fair, Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival featuring quirky studio spaces in which audiences can shop for affordable artwork from the great and good of graphic arts, and a daily, lively line-up of events which encourage both budding and bonafide artists of all ages to get involved.