Free student membership and launch of the PBS National Student Poetry Competition

The PBS has just launched this year’s free student membership. You’ll be able to log in and browse the online quarterly Bulletin available in the members’ area of the new site, and order books with your 25% members’ discount.

On 5 November we’re also launching this year’s PBS National Student Poetry Competition, the only nationwide competition of its kind, and will email student members with all the details then. There will be a First Prize of £200, with a second prize of £50 and third prize of £25. All three will receive Full PBS memberships. Eight highly commended poems will receive Associate membership of the PBS and a selection of books. The 20 best poems will be published in a free ebook available to download from our website and we hope to arrange a reading at the winner’s university.

The PBS will keep you up-to-date with the Bulletin, our review of the latest new poetry, with the best new collections chosen by our Selectors, John Burnside and Deryn Rees-Jones, and the poets’ own comments on their work.

To join go to and enrol online by sending a scanned proof of your student identity.

The Poetry Book Society was founded by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 to support poetry and the PBS also awards the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry – this year’s shortlist will be announced on 23 October at


The PBS is also running the Next Generation Poets 2014 promotion with 23 events around the country and a British Council tour to follow. Details of the events and fantastic video footage of the poets can be found at

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