Dean Gessie, author of the award-winning short story collection, Anthropocene, by Uncollected Press, has won the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, one of England’s most prestigious literary awards. Aesthetica Magazine has a readership of more than 400,000 worldwide and the competition drew more than 3000 submissions. Among other prizes and honors, Dean has been invited to England to read his prize-winning poem. He will also receive a cash prize of approximately 3250.00 U.S.
Dean will be publishing a book of Poetry with UnCollected Press in 2022.
Dean Gessie is an author and poet who has won or placed in more than 100 international competitions. Dean won the Angelo Natoli Short Story Award in Australia, the Half and One Literary Prize in India, the Eyelands Book Award in Greece, the short story prize at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in Canada and the Wordsmiths Literary Competition in England. Dean also won the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award in England, the Enizagam Poetry Contest in California, the Ageless Authors Poetry Competition in Texas, the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize in Massachusetts, the Editors’ Poetry Prize from the Spoon River Poetry Review in Illinois, the UN-aligned Poetry Competition in Helsinki, Finland, the Allingham Arts Festival Poetry Competition in Ireland and the Creators of Justice Literary Award from the International Human Rights Art Festival in New York. Elsewhere, he was a medal winner for the Nosside Poetry Prize in Italy and, as a result, published in the 35th World Poetry Prize Anthology. He was also selected for inclusion in The Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2018 and The Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2019 by Black Mountain Press in North Carolina and he was invited to participate in the Truths to Live By: Night of Ideas virtual event sponsored by the Brooklyn Library and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. In addition, Dean won the Bacopa Literary Review Short Story Contest in Florida, the Two Sisters Short Story Contest in New Mexico, the New Millennium/Sunshots Flash Fiction Contest in Tennessee and (twice) the After Dinner Conversation Short Story Competition in Arizona. Dean also won second prize (of 2000+ submissions) in the Short Story Project New Beginnings competition in New York and his short story made the shortlist (of 2800+ submissions) for the Alpine Fellowship Prize in Sweden. Dean’s recent collection of short stories – called Anthropocene – won an Eyelands Book Award in Greece and the Uncollected Press Prize for a Short Story Collection.