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T S Eliot Prize 2021 Shortlist announced

13/02/2021 6:57 AM
T S Eliot Prize 2021 Shortlist announced

The 2021 T S Eliot Prize for poetry has announced the ten shortlisted poets and celebrates ‘Ten books that sound clear and compelling voices of the moment’.

The prize is awarded annually and recognises the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland.

The winner of the poetry prize will be awarded a sum of £25,000 and the shortlisted poets will receive cheques for £1,500.

The judging panel is the only major poetry prize that is judged purely by established poets, and this year’s panel includes judges Glyn Maxwell (Chair), Caroline Bird and Zaffar Kunial who have selected the ten shortlisted poets from a record number of 177 poetry collection submissions.

Chair Glyn Maxwell said, ‘We are delighted with our shortlist, while lamenting all the fine work we had to set aside. Poetry styles are as disparate as we’ve ever known them, and the wider world as threatened and bewildered as any of us can remember. Out of this we have chosen ten books that sound clear and compelling voices of the moment. Older and younger, wiser and wilder, well-known and lesser-known, these are the ten voices we think should enter the stage and be heard in the spotlight, changing the story.’

The 2021 T S Eliot Prize winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 10 January. The winner and shortlisted poets will be awarded their cheques respectively then.

Check out the 2021 shortlist:

All the Names Given, Raymond Antrobus (Picador)

A Blood Condition, Kayo Chingonyi, (Chatto & Windus)

Men Who Feed Pigeons, Selima Hill (Bloodaxe)

Eat Or We Both Starve, Victoria Kennefick (Carcanet)

The Kids, Hannah Lowe (Bloodaxe)

Ransom, Michael Symmons Roberts (Cape Poetry)

Single Window, Daniel Sluman (Nine Arches Press)

C+nto & Othered Poems, Joelle Taylor (The Westbourne Press)

A Year in the New Life, Jack Underwood (Faber)

Stones, Kevin Young (Cape Poetry)