The T S Eliot Prize 2016

The T S Eliot Prize 2016 is now open for submissions and the closing date will be 5 August 2016.

The Prize, which is one of the world’s top poetry prizes, was set up by the Poetry Book Society in 1953 in honour of its founding poet. Since the charity the Poetry Book Society closed down in June 2016 and the book club and membership were transferred to Inpress Ltd, the Prize is now funded and run by the T S Eliot Foundation.

Ruth Padel will be Chair of the 2016 judging panel, alongside poets Julia Copus and Allan Gillis. The judges will meet in October to decide on all ten books which will make up the shortlist. The T S Eliot Prize Readings will take place in the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 15th January 2017, to be followed by the announcement of the winner at the Award Ceremony the following night.

Submissions may only come from publishers and the Prize is only open to single-author poetry collections published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland during the calendar year of 2016.

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