T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme

This year's Shadowing Scheme is now closed, thank you for all your entries! Click here to visit the download page.

Every year the Poetry Book Society awards the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, described by the Irish Independent as ‘the world's top poetry award'. Ten collections of poetry, published that year, are shortlisted for the Prize.

Aimed at 16-19 year olds, the Scheme runs in conjunction with the T S Eliot Prize, and enables A level students to shadow the judging panel as they deliberate on the shortlist. Students can read the work of the shortlisted poets and decide on their own choice of winner.

Run in association with the English and Media Centre, the Shadowing Scheme will be featured in emagazine, the Centre's subscription magazine for A Level English students. Teachers are invited to participate in the scheme by encouraging their classes to read a selection from the ten collections on the shortlist and to vote for their favourite.

The Shadowing Scheme is intended to encourage teachers and students to read poetry which is not on the National Curriculum or set text lists, but which represents new work from the year's best poetry collections. Students are asked to take part in a poll on the English and Media Centre's website to vote for their choice of winner.

Competition for A Level students

The competition for individual A Level students is to find the best 500 word rationale for their choice of poet. The winning student will receive:

  • a cash prize of £200
  • 3 tickets to the T S Eliot Prize Readings and to the Award Ceremony in January, and accommodation as appropriate
  • a complete signed set of the ten shortlisted titles
  • the opportunity to meet the T S Eliot prize-winner
  • a year's subscription to emagazine
  • a year's PBS membership
  • a year's Education Membership for their school
  • a copy of the new edition of T S Eliot's The Ariel Poems
  • their rationale published in emagazine

The winning rationale will be published in the February issue of emagazine.

To read more about what the scheme means to students and teachers, click here.

Read this year's winning rationale

T S Eliot Prize 2014

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