T. S. Eliot Prize

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T. S. Eliot Prize
Awarded forBest collection of new verse in English first published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland
CountryUnited Kingdom
First awarded1993; 30 years ago (1993)
WebsiteOfficial website

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 as its new director Chris Holifield (formerly director of the Poetry Book Society),[2] 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. Holifield retired at the end of June 2022 after 20 years in the post, being replaced by Mike Sims.[3] 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".[4]

The shortlist for the Prize is announced in October of each year, and the 10 shortlisted poets take part in the Readings at the Royal Festival Hall in London's Southbank Centre on the evening before the announcement of the Prize.[5] Two thousand people attended the 2011 reading.[6]

List of winners[edit]

List of judges[edit]




  • Quiet by Victoria Adukwei Bulley (Faber & Faber)
  • Ephemeron by Fiona Benson (Cape Poetry)
  • Wilder by Jemma Borg (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press)
  • The Thirteenth Angel by Philip Gross (Bloodaxe)
  • Sonnets for Albert by Anthony Joseph (Bloomsbury Poetry)
  • England's Green by Zaffar Kunial (Faber & Faber)
  • Slide by Mark Pajak (Cape Poetry)
  • bandit country by James Conor Patterson (Picador Poetry)
  • The Room Between Us by Denise Saul (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press)
  • Manorism by Yomi Sode (Penguin Poetry)



  • 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.[19]


The shortlist was announced 23 October 2012.[20]





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. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (15 June 2016). "Former PBS director Holifield to run T S Eliot Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  3. ^ Bayley, Sian (18 May 2022). "T S Eliot Prize director Holifield retires after 20 years as Sims takes on role". The Bookseller.
  4. ^ Jury, Louise (16 January 2007). "Heaney wins £10,000 TS Eliot prize". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012.
  5. ^ "The T S Eliot Prize". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  6. ^ Cran, Rona (27 January 2011). "Report: 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize". The Literateur. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Winner – The T. S. Eliot Prize". tseliot.com. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Taylor wins 2021 T S Eliot Prize". Books+Publishing. 17 January 2022. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  9. ^ Flood, Alison (24 January 2021). "Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for 'radical' How to Wash a Heart". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Cain, Sian (15 January 2018). "TS Eliot prize goes to Ocean Vuong's 'compellingly assured' debut collection". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  12. ^ Thompson, Jessie (16 January 2017). "TS Eliot Prize: Jacob Polley is awarded world's most prestigious poetry prize for his collection Jackself". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Debut collection scoops T S Eliot Prize". Poetry Book Society. 12 January 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  14. ^ Kennedy, Maev (12 January 2015). "David Harsent wins TS Eliot prize for poetry for Fire Songs". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  15. ^ Rahim, Sameer (21 January 2010). "The Water Table by Philip Gross: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  16. ^ Shaffi, Sarah (13 October 2022). "TS Eliot prize announces a 'shapeshifting' shortlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  17. ^ "T S Eliot Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  18. ^ Flood, Alison (10 January 2022). "Joelle Taylor wins TS Eliot poetry prize for 'blazing' C+nto & Othered Poems". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  19. ^ Runcie, Charlotte (24 October 2013). "TS Eliot Prize 2013: shortlist announced". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  20. ^ Flood, Alison (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  21. ^ Clark, Nick (14 January 2013). "Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022.
  22. ^ Flood, Alison (6 December 2011). "Alice Oswald withdraws from TS Eliot prize in protest at sponsor Aurum". The Guardian.
  23. ^ Flood, Alison (7 December 2011). "TS Eliot prize: Second poet withdraws in sponsor protest". The Guardian.
  24. ^ "T.S. Eliot Prize 2010 Shortlist". Poetry Book Society. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011.
  25. ^ "BBC News Today – TS Eliot Prize 2009". BBC News. 15 January 2010.

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