What is an Order Reference number?

An Order Reference Number confirms that you have made your entry payment. You must include it with your submissions in order to qualify you for entry to the competition. If you have paid online, your Order Reference number will be automatically emailed to you from the ‘Aesthetica Magazine Shop’ and the number will start with “RC”. To see an example of the confirmation email click here. If you paid through another method you will be contacted with your Order Reference Number.

How much is it to enter?

£15 (GBP – pounds sterling) for one entry. If you are based within the EU, you will have to pay VAT on top of this, which is £3. Overseas entrants do not have to pay VAT. One £15 entry fee allows you to submit up to two poems or one short story.

How can I pay my entry fee?

You can pay online using Paypal or your credit/debit card. To pay, please go to ‘Enter Award’. Alternatively you can pay over the phone. Please call +44 (0) 1904 629 137. 

You can also pay by cheque. Please note cheques must be payable to pounds sterling, we cannot accept cheques in other currencies. Please make cheques payable to ‘Aesthetica Magazine Ltd’ and post to: 

Creative Writing Competition 
Aesthetica Magazine 
PO Box 371 
YO23 1WL 

Write “Creative Writing Competition” on the back of your cheque and enclose your name and your contact telephone number or email address. We will then confirm receipt of your cheque and give you an Order Reference number for you to then send your submissions through.

I haven’t received my Order Reference number, what should I do?

Your Order Reference number will be automatically sent to you in your confirmation email after your payment has been authorised by your bank / Paypal account. This process is usually authorised instantly, however on some occasions, there can be delays. Please initially try searching your email account for an email from orders@aestheticamagazine.com – if your confirmation email hasn’t arrived within 48 hours, please email Alexandra at: alexandra@aestheticamagazine.com who will investigate further.

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What is the time-scale?

The important dates to the Creative Writing Award are:
January: Open for Entries
31 August: Entries Close
September – December: Judging
December: Winners and finalists announced
December: Anthology 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.

How do I send my submissions to you?

Please fill in the online submission form. The form will allow you to upload your work as a text document. If you have difficulty accessing the form, please contact us directly at writing@aestheticamagazine.com

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

Currently we have a back-log of submissions that we are processing, so please expect delays in responding. We do check every submission, and if you haven’t heard back from us, take this as a good sign. We will contact you if there is a problem with your submission or if we do not receive your submission. If we do not receive your submission before the closing date, please do not worry, we will contact you to let you know and you will have the opportunity to submit your work after the closing date.

Can I enter more than one category?

The £15 entry fee only permits entry into one category. However, if you wish to submit to two categories you are welcome to pay for another entry, which will then allow you to submit two more works into another category.

Can I enter more than two pieces of work?

Each £15 fee allows the submission of two pieces of work in the poetry or one piece in the short fiction category. You can pay the entry fee as many times as you wish and enter two pieces for each entry; so for £15 you can enter two poetry works, four works for £30 (or two short fiction works), six for £45 and so on.

Should I write my name on my entry?

No but please make sure that your reference number is included on the entry.

Can I enter images with my writing?

Due to layout restrictions in the Creative Writing Annual, we cannot consider entries that are accompanied by images. However, we do have a separate competition for artists: the Aesthetica Art Prize

Can I submit work that has been previously published elsewhere?

Entries can be sent that have been previously published elsewhere, but 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?

No alterations can be made to submissions once they have been received.

What is the word limit for short fiction entries?

Short Fiction entries must be no longer than 2,000 words. Stories that exceed this limit will not be considered for publication.

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 writing@aestheticamagazine.com

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.