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) First publication in the UK may include simultaneous publication (within a period of six months) in other countries.
b) A collection must be the work of one poet. Anthologies and volumes of collected or selected work will not be eligible.
c) A posthumous collection will be eligible only if it is published within nine months of the poet's death.
d) At least eighty percent of the poems in the collection must not have been published before in book form.
e) Books which contain more than 20% translations (or versions, imitations or any poetry inspired by the work of one or more other writers) will not be eligible. Percentages should be calculated on the total number of lines of poetry in a book.
f) A 'book' shall be defined as having at least 48 pages.
g) Entries from individual poets of their own work will not be accepted.