Artswords News August 2016

Dear Writers and Readers 

In Europe, even though we may no longer be part of it, according to certain voting and thinking, they take a break in August. So shall we, in a manner of speaking.

So, please note. This month, there will be no Artswords Reading Group, no Writers’ Cafe, no Life Writing, no Poetry Swindon workshops, and no Mum’s the Word.

But there will be the launch of this year’s Poetry Swindon Festival!

Yes, hot off the press, the new Poetry Swindon Festival programme will be unveiled, with appropriate Dadaist fanfare, at 12.30pm on Thursday 11th August at Swindon Central Library. All readers of this Newsletter are welcome!

And if you want to keep your hand in at writing, note this. There are just a few weeks to go to enter the 10th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.
Prizes include:

  • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit 

If you have any news for September that you would like us to put in the next issue of this Newsletter, please send it to us by the middle of this month.

Have a good August!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers