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T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

   The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and honor its founding poet. Described as ‘the prize most poets want to win’ (Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate) and ‘the world’s top poetry award’ (Independent), it is awarded annually to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland. It is firmly established as the most valuable and prestigious prize in the UK for a new collection of poetry. It is distinctive among poetry prizes in being judged by a panel of established poets.  In 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of T. S. Eliot’s death, the T. S. Eliot Estate increased the value of the Prize named in his honor. The winner now receives £20,000 and the ten shortlisted poets each receive £1,500.

   In 2016 the Poetry Book Society closed down, transferring its book club to Inpress Ltd. The T. S. Eliot Prize was taken over by a new charity, the T. S. Eliot Foundation, which will run and support it going forward.

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2016  Jacob Polley - Jackself (announced January 2017)

2015  Sarah Howe - Loop of Jade

2014  David Harsent - Fire Songs

2013  Sinéad Morrissey's - Parallax

2012  Sharon Olds - Stag's Leap
2011  John Burnside - Black Cat Bone
2010  Derek Walcott - White Egrets

2009  Philip Gross - The Water Table
2008  Jen Hadfield - Nigh-No-Place
2007  Sean O'Brien - The Drowned Book
2006  Seamus Heaney - District and Circle
2005  Carol Ann Duffy - Rapture
2004  George Szirtes - Reel
2003  Don Paterson - Landing Light
2002  Alice Oswald - Dart
2001  Anne Carson - The Beauty of the Husband
2000  Michael Longley - The Weather in Japan

1999  Hugo Williams - Billy's Rain
1998  Ted Hughes - Birthday Letters
1997  Don Paterson - God's Gift to Women
1996  Les Murray - Subhuman Redneck Poems
1995  Mark Doty - My Alexandria
1994  Paul Muldoon - The Annals of Chile
1993  Ciarán Carson - First Language: Poems



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