The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry
is awarded by the Poetry Book Society
to "the best collection of new verse in English first published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland in any particular year. The Prize was inaugurated in 1993 in celebration of the Poetry Book Society's 40th birthday and in honour of its founding poet, T. S. Eliot
. The £15,000 prize money is donated by Eliot's widow, Mrs Valerie Eliot
A shortlist for the 2007 award was published in November 2007 and the announcement of the winner was made on 14 January 2008.
Truman State University Press in Missouri also gives out a "T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry" which appears to have no relation to the British prize.
List of winners
- 2007 - Sean O'Brien, The Drowned Book
- 2006 - Seamus Heaney, District and Circle
- 2005 - Carol Ann Duffy, Rapture
- 2004 - George Szirtes, Reel
- 2003 - Don Paterson, Landing Light
- 2002 - Alice Oswald, Dart
- 2001 - Anne Carson, The Beauty of the Husband
- 2000 - Michael Longley, The Weather in Japan
- 1999 - Hugo Williams, Billy's Rain
- 1998 - Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters
- 1997 - Don Paterson, God's Gift to Women
- 1996 - Les Murray, Subhuman Redneck Poems
- 1995 - Mark Doty, My Alexandria
- 1994 - Paul Muldoon, The Annals of Chile
- 1993 - Ciaran Carson, First Language: Poems
- 2007 - Ian Duhig, The Speed of Dark. Alan Gillis, Hawks and Doves. Sophie Hannah, Pessimism for Beginners. Mimi Khalvati, The Meanest Flower. Frances Leviston , Public Dream. Sarah Maguire, The Pomegranates of Kandahar. Edwin Morgan, A Book of Lives. Sean O'Brien, The Drowned Book. Fiona Sampson, Common Prayer. Matthew Sweeney, Black Moon.
- 2006 - Simon Armitage, Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid. Paul Farley, Tramp in Flames. Seamus Heaney, District and Circle. W. N. Herbert, Bad Shaman Blues. Jane Hirshfield, After. Tim Liardet, The Blood Choir. Paul Muldoon, Horse Latitudes. Robin Robertson, Swithering. Penelope Shuttle, Redgrove's Wife. Hugo Williams, Dear Room.
- 2005 - Polly Clark, Take Me with You. Carol Ann Duffy, Rapture. Helen Farish, Intimates. David Harsent, Legion. Sinead Morrissey, The State of the Prisons. Alice Oswald, Woods etc. Pascale Petit, The Huntress. Sheenagh Pugh, The Movement of Bodies. John Stammers, Stolen Love Behaviour. Gerard Woodward, We Were Pedestrians.
- 2004 - Colette Bryce, The Full Indian Rope Trick. Kathryn Gray, The Never Never, Kathleen Jamie, The Tree House. Michael Longley, Snow Water, Ruth Padel, The Soho Leopard, Tom Paulin, The Road to Inver. Peter Porter, Afterburner. Michael Symmons Roberts, Corpus. George Szirtes, Reel. John Hartley Williams, Blues.
- 2003 - Billy Collins, Nine Horses. John F. Deane, Manhandling the Deity. Ian Duhig, The Lammas Hireling. Lavinia Greenlaw, Minsk. Jamie McKendrick, Ink Stone. Bernard O'Donoghue, Outiving. Don Paterson, Landing Light. Jacob Polley, The Brink. Christopher Reid, For and After. Jean Sprackland, Hard Water.
- 2002 - Simon Armitage, The Universal Home Doctor. John Burnside, The Light Trap. Paul Farley, The Ice Age. David Harsent, Marriage. Geoffrey Hill, The Orchards of Syon. E. A. Markham, A Rough Climate. Sinead Morrissey, Between Here and There. Paul Muldoon, Moy Sand and Gravel. Alice Oswald, Dart. Ruth Padel, Voodoo Shop.
- 2001 - Gillian Allnutt, Lintel. Charles Boyle, The Age of Cardboard and String. Anne Carson, The Beauty of the Husband. Seamus Heaney, Electric Light. Geoffrey Hill - Speech! Speech!. Selima Hill, Bunny. James Lasdun, Landscape with Chainsaw. Sean O'Brien, Downriver. Pascale Petit, The Zoo Father. Michael Symmons Roberts, Burning Babylon.