When the Koestler Awards started in 1962 there were just two Awards artforms: Writing and Fine Art. Now we have over 50 categories across the following artforms: Visual Art, Craft and Design, Writing, Performance and Audio, Film and Animation and Multi-Artform.

Artforms in the Koestler Awards have evolved with the times, and in response to feedback from our entrants and the people who work with them. More established categories include Painting, Poetry, Life Story and Portrait. Newer categories include Computer Generated Music, Song Writing, Digital Art and Spoken Word.

We invite experts in each field to judge the Awards, individually or as part of panels.

Click on the categories below to see examples of the original and unique artworks entered in the Koestler Awards each year.