The T. S. Eliot Foundation is delighted to announce the judges for the 2020 Prize. The panel will be chaired by Lavinia Greenlaw, alongside Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan.

The 2020 judging panel will be looking for the best new poetry collection written in English and published in 2020. The prize is unique in that entrants are judged by their peers; the panel always consists of established poets.

Lavinia Greenlaw said:

“This is a particularly exciting time to be judging the most eminent of poetry prizes. In the last decade, poetry has been dismantled, revitalised and reinstated by voices old and new. I look forward to working with Andrew Macmillan and Mona Arshi as we immerse ourselves in the best of what is being written now.”

The call for submissions will go out in June, with the submission window closing at the end of July.

The 2020 T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 10 January 2021 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK.

The winner of the 2020 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 11 January 2021. The T. S. Eliot Prize is the most valuable prize in British poetry – the winning poet will receive a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets will be presented with cheques for £1,500.

Last year’s winner was Roger Robinson’s A Portable Paradise and the judges were John Burnside (chair), Sarah Howe and Nick Makoha.