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Winners Announced: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

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We are delighted to announce the winners of this
year's Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, including
one winner in Poetry and one in Short Fiction.

 
 

Poetry Winner

Joan García Viltró 
The Swimmers: 24th November 
 
 
What the judges said:The Swimmers is complex, daring formally and without easy answers. It seeks to innovate on the page and its content is urgent and relevant to the moment in which we are living. There is ambiguity is this poem and perhaps the best poems don’t have to hammer home a point, but instead ask questions.”
 

Read an excerpt: 
 
The swimmers push their unicorns
across the waves; with rubbery
fingers some plough the fleshy water;
& some – the craving, the reluctant – deflate out
in the sun. It’s a roomy playground
for the grown-up, warm & safe &
so unlike le large de Calais.
 
 
Joan García Viltró is a teacher and poet based in Cambrils, on the south Catalan coast. His poems reflect Mediterranean mythologies and his concern with nature struggling under human pressure. He is published in The London Magazine, Full House Literary and more.
 
 

 
 
Short Fiction Winner
 
Lucy Campbell
Mr Street
 
 
What the judges said: “Mr Street is framed in a unique way. It is fantastically written: the voice is brilliant and the story has a high concept which is delivered well. The opening sequence has the reader anticipating a direction for the story which is never realised.” 
 
 
Read an excerpt: 

He looked a bit sweaty, and his hair was now sticking up, and he stood there at the front of the classroom with no top on, in the buff but not buff if you know what I mean, carefully shaking out and folding his shirt, and draping it over the back of a chair. His chest was pink with pale hairs, a body that’s never seen sunlight.
 
 
Lucy Campbell is a writer, filmmaker and doctor based in Manchester, UK. Her short films have been funded by BFI, Film4, BBC Films and have won multiple international awards. She is known for sci-fi dramas Pig Child (2014) and Marina & Adrienne (2016).
 
 
 


 

The 2024 Creative Writing Award Anthology
Available to pre-order today. 
 
 
The short fiction and poetry included in this anthology are a testament to the resilience and complexity of the human spirit. These powerful works, comprising 60 winning and shortlisted pieces, encourage readers to question how we understand both our environment and ourselves. Moments of grief and silence, as well as joy and laughter remind us of what it means to be alive. In this publication, we're shown what it means to wonder — to figure out the world aroud us.

 

    

Image Credits: All courtesy of Anne-Laure Étienne, Tissue and Bones (2020).

 

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 The Best New Poetry & Short Fiction | - We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, including one winner in Poetry and one in Short Fiction. Poetry Winner Joan García Viltró  The Swimmers: 24th November  What the judges said: “The Swimmers is complex, daring formally and without easy answers. It seeks to innovate on the page and its content is urgent and relevant to the moment in which we are living. There is ambiguity is this poem and perhaps the best poems don’t have to hammer home a point, but instead ask questions.” Read an excerpt:  The swimmers push their unicorns across the waves; with rubbery fingers some plough the fleshy water; & some – the craving, the reluctant – deflate out in the sun. It’s a roomy playground for the grown-up, warm & safe & so unlike le large de Calais. Joan García Viltró is a teacher and poet based in Cambrils, on the south Catalan coast. His poems reflect Mediterranean mythologies and his concern with nature struggling under human pressure. He is published in The London Magazine, Full House Literary and more. Click here to see the full shortlist » Short Fiction Winner Lucy Campbell Mr Street What the judges said: “Mr Street is framed in a unique way. It is fantastically written: the voice is brilliant and the story has a high concept which is delivered well. The opening sequence has the reader anticipating a direction for the story which is never realised.”  Read an excerpt:  He looked a bit sweaty, and his hair was now sticking up, and he stood there at the front of the classroom with no top on, in the buff but not buff if you know what I mean, carefully shaking out and folding his shirt, and draping it over the back of a chair. His chest was pink with pale hairs, a body that’s never seen sunlight. Lucy Campbell is a writer, filmmaker and doctor based in Manchester, UK. Her short films have been funded by BFI, Film4, BBC Films and have won multiple international awards. She is known for sci-fi dramas Pig Child (2014) and Marina & Adrienne (2016). Click here to see the full shortlist » The 2024 Creative Writing Award Anthology Available to pre-order today.  The short fiction and poetry included in this anthology are a testament to the resilience and complexity of the human spirit. These powerful works, comprising 60 winning and shortlisted pieces, encourage readers to question how we understand both our environment and ourselves. Moments of grief and silence, as well as joy and laughter remind us of what it means to be alive. In this publication, we're shown what it means to wonder — to figure out the world aroud us. Click here to shop » Image Credits: All courtesy of Anne-Laure Étienne, Tissue and Bones (2020). - - Change email address / Leave mailing list
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