On 3 November the Poetry Book Society and emagazine are relaunching the T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition for sixth form students, formerly the Shadowing Scheme. Based on this year’s T S Eliot Prize shortlist, students can write either a 500 word critical piece on two poems from the shortlisted collections, or a poem of their own ‘writing back’ to one of the poems they found particularly interesting.
Carol Ann Duffy said it was ‘a wonderfully innovative way for students to engage with the freshest new poetry’ and 2012 T S Eliot Prize winner Sharon Olds commented: ‘How cool, as a student, to have the chance to shed your own light on the subject’.
First Prizes for the prose and poetry winners include a cash prize of £100, tickets to the T S Eliot Prize Readings and the Award Ceremony, a chance to meet the poets and a full set of all ten shortlisted collections. Winning students’ schools get an Education membership of the PBS.
This year’s shortlist will be announced on 22 October; the Competition starts on 3 November and closes on 11 December. More information at www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/and on the attached PDF
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