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' (Andrew Motion, then Poet Laureate) and ‘the world's top poetry award' (Irish Independent), it is awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland each year.
It is firmly established as the most valuable and prestigious prize in the UK for a new collection of poetry. The winner receives £15,000 and each of the shortlisted poets receives £1,000. It is distinctive among poetry prizes in being judged by a panel of established poets.
Previous winners [in chronological order] are Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, Les Murray, Don Paterson, Ted Hughes, Hugo Williams, Michael Longley, Anne Carson, Alice Oswald, Don Paterson (for the second time), George Szirtes, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Sean O'Brien, Jen Hadfield, Philip Gross, Derek Walcott, John Burnside and Sharon Olds.
2011 John Burnside Black Cat Bone
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2012 Sharon Olds Stag's Leap