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Hippocrates SocietyHealthy Heart Poetryhippocrates_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

Entries are now open for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The Hippocrates Prize is now in its 10th year.

We are delighted that American-Mexican author Jennifer Clement has agreed to be our poet judge for the 2019 Hippocrates international Open Prize and Health Professional Prize (deadline 14th February). She is International President of PEN International.†

Excellent news that New Zealand poet Elizabeth Smither has agreed to be judge for the 2019 international Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine (deadline 1st March 2019). Entries are free for young poets (aged 14-18) from anywhere in the world.†

More on the 2019 Hippocrates Prize judges

Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world. Previous winners have come from Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

There are 3 categories in the Hippocrates Prize, all international.

- The Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine

- The Hippocrates Health†Professional Prize†for Poetry and Medicine

- The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize†for Poetry and Medicine


The winning poems and†commendations in all the 2019 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 9 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 9000 entries from around 70 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.†


Winner of 2018 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine: Taylor Fang, USA

Winner of 2018 FPM Hippocrates Open Prize†for Poetry and Medicine: Joanne Key, England

Winner of 2018 FPM Hippocrates Health†Professional Prize†for Poetry and Medicine:†Inez Garzaniti, USA


Book orders:

- 2018 Hippocrates Prize Anthology

- 2018 Hippocrates Book of the Heart


9thAnnual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Awards Symposium,†
Chicago, Illinois on†
May 10 – 11, 2018

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

Shortlisted and commended poets in the 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

- Open category

- Health Professional category

- Young Poet category

Order the 2018 Hippocrates Prize Anthology


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


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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