T. S. Eliot Prize

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The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 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]

  • 2016 - Julia Copus, Ruth Padel and Alan Gillis
  • 2015 – Kei Miller, Pascale Petit and Ahren Warner
  • 2014 – Sean Borodale, Helen Dunmore and Fiona Sampson
  • 2013 – Imtiaz Dharker, Ian Duhig and Vicki Feaver
  • 2012 – Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Longley and David Morley
  • 2011 – Gillian Clarke, Stephen Knight and Dennis O'Driscoll
  • 2010 – Bernardine Evaristo, Anne Stevenson and Michael Symmons Roberts
  • 2009 – Simon Armitage, Colette Bryce and Penelope Shuttle
  • 2008 – Lavinia Greenlaw, Tobias Hill and Andrew Motion
  • 2007 – Sujata Bhatt, WN Herbert and Peter Porter
  • 2006 – Sophie Hannah, Gwyneth Lewis and Sean O'Brien
  • 2005 – David Constantine, Kate Clanchy and Jane Draycott
  • 2004 – Douglas Dunn, Paul Farley and Carol Rumens
  • 2003 – David Harsent, Mimi Khalvati and George Szirtes
  • 2002 – Michael Longley
  • 2001 – John Burnside, Helen Dunmore and Maurice Riordan
  • 2000 – Paul Muldoon




  • Void Studies by Rachael Boast
  • Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo
  • The Blind Road-Maker by Ian Duhig
  • Interference Pattern by J O Morgan
  • The Seasons of Cullen Church by Bernard O'Donoghue
  • Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
  • Jackself by Jacob Polley
  • Say Something Back by Denise Riley
  • Every Little Sound by Ruby Robinson
  • The Remedies by Katharine Towers




The shortlist was announced 23 October 2013.[8]


The shortlist was announced 23 October 2012.[9]





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. 
  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. ^ TS Eliot Prize: Jacob Polley is awarded world's most prestigious poetry prize for his collection Jackself, Evening Standard, retrieved 17 January 2017 
  7. ^ Debut collection scoops T S Eliot Prize, Poetry Book Society, retrieved 13 January 2016 
  8. ^ Runcie, Charlotte (24 October 2013). "TS Eliot Prize 2013: shortlist announced". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  9. ^ Alison Flood (23 October 2012). "TS Eliot prize for poetry announces 'fresh, bold' shortlist". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Clark, Nick (14 January 2013). "Poet Sharon Olds scoops TS Eliot Prize for 'confessional' work about her husband's affair". The Guardian. London. 
  11. ^ "Alice Oswald withdraws from TS Eliot prize in protest at sponsor Aurum", Alison Flood, The Guardian, 6 December 2011
  12. ^ "TS Eliot prize: Second poet withdraws in sponsor protest" 7 December 2011 The Guardian
  13. ^ "T.S. Eliot Prize 2010 Shortlist". Poetry Book Society. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "BBC News Today – TS Eliot Prize 2009". BBC News. 15 January 2010. 

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