It is firmly established as the most valuable and prestigious prize in the UK for a new collection of poetry. It is distinctive among poetry prizes in being judged by a panel of established poets. In 2017, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Prize, the T. S. Eliot Estate increased the value of the Prize. The winner now receives £25,000 and the ten shortlisted poets each receive £1,500.
Richard Scott who has been shortlisted alongside nine other poets was a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellow 2017 with Snape Maltings and a Jerwood Arvon Mentee 2011/12. The winner will be announced on the 14 January.