About the T. S. Eliot Prize
The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry was inaugurated in 1993 to celebrate the Poetry Book Society’s 40th birthday and honour 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 honour. 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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List of previous winners
2015 Sarah Howe Loop of Jade
2014 David Harsent Fire Songs
2013 Sinéad Morrissey 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 Ciaran Carson First Language: Poems