Payment Queries

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 "AM". If you paid through another method you will be contacted with your Order Reference Number.

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.

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 Award
Aesthetica Magazine
PO Box 371
YO23 1WL

Write "Creative Writing Award" 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 - if your confirmation email hasn't arrived within 48 hours, please email us at: and we will investigate further.

I'm having difficulty with Verified by Visa. What should I do?

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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 include your Order Reference Number as proof of purchase. 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, or if you enter the competition but fail to send your work, a refund cannot be processed.

A pleasant shopping experience with Aesthetica Magazine Ltd is very important to us. Our customer service is exemplary.  If you have any questions or queries regarding the award or your entry, please contact us on (+44) (0)1904 629 137 or email us at

General Queries

What is the time-scale?

December 2017: Open for Entries
31 August 2018: Entries Close
September - December 2018: Judging
December 2018: Winners and finalists announced
December 2018: 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.

Submission Queries

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

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 within 14 days 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.

Can I enter more than one work?

You can enter as many times as you wish. You will need to purchase an entry fee for each submission.

Should I write my name on my work?

For judging purposes, please do not include your name on the document. Please make sure your Reference Number and then 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 entries that are accompanied by images. However, we do 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?

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 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.