The Koestler Awards are the heart of what we do. Each year we award and give feedback to over 3,000 people across 50+ categories, including Fine Art, Craft and Design, Performance and Audio, Film and Animation and Writing. Our judges include leading names in the arts and creative industries.
Every participant will receive a certificate. Around 90% will receive written feedback on their work from a judge, the Koestler Arts Team or a volunteer.
Our entrants tell us that feedback is one of the most rewarding things about entering the Awards.
Feedback from experienced artists/writers is valuable because it’s genuine, practical and focused. It’s not sugar-coated or a platitude. In many ways, it’s the best thing about the scheme.Koestler Awards Entrant
We give over £30,000 in cash prizes, ranging from £20 to £100. There are additional Koestler Awards for first-time entrants.
Koestler Awards entrants gain recognition for their achievements. They receive feedback on their creative work and gain motivation to work to a deadline. Many entrants use Awards or sales money to buy further arts materials or pay for courses.