The winner of the inaugural Hippocrates Young Poets Prize of £500 is Rosalind Jana from Hereford Sixth Form College in England, for her poem ‘Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Adolescent Scoliosis’.
Short-listed and commended poets in the Open and NHS categories were agreed by the judges on 25th March at the judging panel, which was held in London at the rooms of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.
Open, NHS and Young Poets Hippocrates awards will be presented by the judges on 18th May, 2013 at the Wellcome Collection in London at the end of the 4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.
The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine and The Hippocrates Press.
Since its launch in 2009, the annual Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from 55 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and from Finland to Australasia.
With a 1st prize for the winning poem in each category of £5,000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.
These annual awards are in an Open category, which anyone in the world may enter, and an NHS category which is open to UK National Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations involved in education and training of NHS students and staff.
Major support for the Hippocrates initiative has come from the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, with additional support from the Wellcome Trust, the Cardiovascular Research Trust, the National Association for Writers in Education, Heads, Teachers and Industry and the University of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.