Out of 113 titles submitted by publishers, 11 “fantastic books” have been chosen for the shortlist.
Faber has The Water Stealer by Maurice Riordan and Ramayana: A Retelling by Daljit Nagra on the shortlist; Jonathan Cape has Red Doc by Anne Carson and Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts; and Bloodaxe has Bad Machine by George Szirtes and At the Time of Partition by Moniza Alvi.
The other titles are Division Street by Helen Mort, published by Chatto & Windus; Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson, published by Picador; and Speak, Old Parrot by Dannie Abse, published by Hutchinson.
The £15,000 prize will awarded on Sunday 12th January 2014 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
Chair of the prize, Ian Duhig, said: "It's an honour to chair the T S Eliot Prize, a pleasure to work with my distinguished fellow judges Imtiaz Dharker and Vicki Feaver, and a nightmare to shortlist from so many fantastic books. Congratulations to those poets who made it and those who didn't, so much of whose work I read with enormous delight and envy."
The shortlisted poets will all receive £1,000. Sharon Olds won in January 2013