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T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme
The Shadowing Scheme, run in partnership with emagazine, enables students to take part in shadowing the judges of this year’s prize to select the poet they think should win well before the judges’ decision in January.

Each year, the T S Eliot Prize is awarded by the Poetry Book Society to one collection of poetry published that year. However, as with many prize schemes, ten collections are first shortlisted, and this is where you might fit in.

Run in partnership with emagazine, the Shadowing Scheme enables students to take part in shadowing the judges' decisions as they select the poet who they think should win.

This year, the judges are Carol Ann Duffy (Chair), Michael Longley and David Morley. They will be reading submissions, the shortlist of which will be announced on 23 October.

The scheme itself kicks off on the 25 October, from which date you will be able to simply follow a link from their website to download two poems from each of the shortlisted collections, as well as a few bibliographical notes about the poets.

There are two elements to this scheme:
1) Student Writing Competition - individual A-level students (or equivalent) can enter by writing a 500 word rationale for their choice of poet, explaining why the think that poet should win based on the samples.

2) Student Poll - a nationwide student poll will be conducted on the emagazine website.

The closing date for the poll and the writing competition is 18 December 2012.

For contact details and prizes, visit the Poetry Book Society website.