T. S. Eliot Prize

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The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is a prize that was, for many years, awarded by the Poetry Book Society (UK) to "the best collection of new verse in English first published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland"[1] in any particular year. The Prize was inaugurated in 1993 in celebration of the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday and in honour of its founding poet, T. S. Eliot. Since its inception, the prize money was donated by Eliot's widow, Mrs Valerie Eliot and more recently it has been given by the T S Eliot Estate. The T S Eliot Foundation took over the running of the T S Eliot Prize in 2016, appointing Chris Holifield, formerly director of the Poetry Book Society as its new director, when the former Poetry Book Society charity had to be wound up, with its book club and company name taken over by book sales agency Inpress Ltd in Newcastle. At present, the prize money is £20,000, with each of nine runners-up receiving £1500 each, making it the United Kingdom's most valuable annual poetry competition. The Prize has been called "the most coveted award in poetry".[2]

The shortlist for the Prize is announced in October of each year[3] On the evening before the announcement of the Prize, the ten shortlisted poets take part in the Readings at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank.[4] 2000 people attended the 2011 reading.[5]

List of winners[edit]

List of judges[edit]




  • Eat Or We Both Starve by Victoria Kennefick (Carcanet)
  • Ransom by Michael Symmons Roberts (Jonathan Cape)
  • Stones by Kevin Young (Jonathan Cape)
  • Men Who Feed Pigeons by Selima Hill (Bloodaxe)
  • The Kids by Hannah Lowe (Bloodaxe)
  • All the Names Given by Raymond Antrobus (Picador)
  • A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto & Windus)
  • single window by Daniel Sluman (Nine Arches Press)
  • C+nto & Othered Poems by Joelle Taylor (Westbourne Press)
  • A Year in the New Life by Jack Underwood (Faber & Faber)


  • Deformations by Sasha Dugdale (Carcanet Press)
  • Shine, Darling by Ella Frears (Offord Road Books)
  • RENDANG by Will Harris (Granta Poetry)
  • Love Minus Love by Wayne Holloway-Smith (Bloodaxe Books)
  • How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil (Pavilion Poetry)
  • Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge (Granta Poetry)
  • How the Hell Are You by Glyn Maxwell (Picador Poetry)
  • Sometimes I Never Suffered by Shane McCrae (Corsair Poetry)
  • The Martian’s Regress by J. O. Morgan (Cape Poetry)









The shortlist was announced 23 October 2013.[14]


The shortlist was announced 23 October 2012.[15]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rules and Conditions of Entry for the T.S. Eliot Prize" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  2. ^ Jury, Louise (16 January 2007). "Heaney wins £10,000 TS Eliot prize". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012.
  3. ^ "The T S Eliot Prize". Chris Holifield. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  4. ^ "The T S Eliot Prize". Chris Holifield. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ Cran, Rona (27 January 2011). "Report: 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize". The Literateur. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for 'radical' How to Wash a Heart". the Guardian. 24 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  7. ^ Thompson, Jessie (14 January 2019). "The winner of this year's TS Eliot Prize for poetry has been announced". Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "TS Eliot prize goes to Ocean Vuong's 'compellingly assured' debut collection". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. ^ "TS Eliot Prize: Jacob Polley is awarded world's most prestigious poetry prize for his collection Jackself". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Debut collection scoops T S Eliot Prize". Poetry Book Society. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  11. ^ Kennedy, Maev (12 January 2015). "David Harsent wins TS Eliot prize for poetry for Fire Songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  12. ^ Rahim, Sameer (21 January 2010). "The Water Table by Philip Gross: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  13. ^ "T S Eliot Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  14. ^ Runcie, Charlotte (24 October 2013). "TS Eliot Prize 2013: shortlist announced". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  15. ^ Alison Flood (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  16. ^ Clark, Nick (14 January 2013). "Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair". The Guardian. London.
  17. ^ "Alice Oswald withdraws from TS Eliot prize in protest at sponsor Aurum", Alison Flood, The Guardian, 6 December 2011
  18. ^ "TS Eliot prize: Second poet withdraws in sponsor protest" 7 December 2011 The Guardian
  19. ^ "T.S. Eliot Prize 2010 Shortlist". Poetry Book Society. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011.
  20. ^ "BBC News Today – TS Eliot Prize 2009". BBC News. 15 January 2010.

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