This year's Shadowing Scheme is now open! Click here to visit the download page, and vote in the poll here.
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. The closing date for entries is 12 December.
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: