Hippocrates Initiative

Hippocrates SocietyHealthy Heart PoetryCoull Quartet evening on 15th May in support of childhood cancer charity CLIC-Sargenthippocrates_prize_logo_med2014 judges Philip Gross, Robert Francis QC, Sarah Crown2013 judges Theodore Dalrymple, Jo Shapcott, Roger Highfield2013 Young Poets judge: Clare Pollard2010 judges James Naughtie, Dannie Abse, Sir Bruce Keogh2011 judges: Mark Lawson, Gwyneth Lewis, Steve Field2012 judges Martha Kearney, Marilyn Hacker, Rod Flower2012 NHS Winner Nick MacKinnon readingAbout us2016 judges: Rafael Campo, Wendy French, Gareth Powell, Sian Hughes2015 judges: Theodore Dalrymple, Femi Oyebode, Simon Rae2016 Shortlist: Chris Woods, Anne Ryland, Denise Bundred, Jane McLaughlin, Karen Schofield


The deadline for the £500 (~USD750) Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is 1st March, 2018 at 12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant (ie the lat minute of 1st March).

Enter online for the Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Rules for entries - Young Poets Prize

Judge for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize: Alisha Kaplan, Canada.


Registration is now open for the 
9th Annual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Symposium, 
Chicago, Illinois on 
May 10 – 11, 2018

This event is being held by The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Northwestern University in conjunction with the international Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. 

For more information about the conference please visit the website here

Attached in the flyer below is information about the call for proposals. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 1, 2018

Proposals should be submitted online here. 

Download flyer for the Symposium


February 7, 2018   Review on london.grip.co.uk of The Hippocrates Book of the Heart 
"Thomas Ovans discovers that poetry and medicine can mix rather well in this handsome anthology from the Hippocrates Press”.

Order a copy


Entries are now closed for the 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine:
Open and International Health Professional categories

Open and Health Professional poets who have been short-listed and commended  will be informed in early April.

Awards date: Friday 11th May 2018 at The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, USA

Judges for the Open and International Health Professional awards


The winning poems and commendations in all the 2018 Hippocrates Awards will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and NHS category, and £500 for the Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. The prize comprises a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories and further commendations in the Young Poets Award. In its first 7 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 7000 entries from 61 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. 


See interview with 2017 FPM Hippocrates Health Professional Award Winner Andrew Dimitri from Sydney and hear Andrew read It will make a fine hospital - featured as Poem of the Week in The Guardian.


More on the Hippocrates Prize

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