The Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology is a celebration of innovative new writing from across the globe. Each year, the competition invites submissions of poetry and short fiction that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique. The works included in this anthology, comprising winning and shortlisted entries, take the temperature of literature today. In poetry, the lines are blurred between the social and political, including immersive invocations of place and dazzling ekphrasis. In fiction, small moments of wonder are brought into focus, blending humour, rigour, shock and awe.