T. S. Eliot Prize

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This article is about the prize administered by the Poetry Book Society. For the U. S. prize of the same name, see T. S. Eliot Prize (Truman State University).

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is 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 has been donated by Eliot's widow, Mrs Valerie Eliot. At present, the prize is £15,000, with each of nine runners-up receiving £1000 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 Society selects one new collection of poetry for distribution to its members each quarter. These four volumes and six additional collections comprise the annual shortlist for the Prize.[3] On the evening before the announcement of the Prize, the Society sponsors a public reading by the authors of the ten shortlisted volumes.[4] 2000 people attended the 2011 reading.[5]

List of winners[edit]






The shortlist was announced 23 October 2013.[7]


The shortlist was announced 23 October 2012.[8]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rules and Conditions of Entry for the T.S. Eliot Prize" (PDF). Retrieved 27 September 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ Jury, Louise (16 January 2007). "Heaney wins £10,000 TS Eliot prize". The Independent (London). 
  3. ^ "More about the Prize". Poetry Book Society. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "About the Poetry Book Society". Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Cran, Rona (27 January 2011). "Report: 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize". The Literateur. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Debut collection scoops T S Eliot Prize, Poetry Book Society, retrieved 13 January 2016 
  7. ^ Runcie, Charlotte (24 October 2013). "TS Eliot Prize 2013: shortlist announced". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  8. ^ Alison Flood (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Clark, Nick (14 January 2013). "Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ "Alice Oswald withdraws from TS Eliot prize in protest at sponsor Aurum", Alison Flood, The Guardian, 6 December 2011
  11. ^ "TS Eliot prize: Second poet withdraws in sponsor protest" 7 December 2011 The Guardian
  12. ^ "T.S. Eliot Prize 2010 Shortlist". Poetry Book Society. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "BBC News Today – TS Eliot Prize 2009". BBC News. 15 January 2010. 

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