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


Just Launched: The Hippocrates Book of the Heart

London launch; Wednesday 6th December 2017


Order a copy

Book launches: Sydney (26th Sep), Auckland (28th Sep), Toronto (16th Nov) and London (6th Dec)†

Toronto launch of The Hippocrates Book of the Heart

Thursday 16th November: Makom, Toronto
Ronna Bloom, Roo Borson, Ron Charach, Alisha Kaplan, Kim Maltman, Kenneth Sherman and Donald Singer

Art Makom


Enter for the 2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The 2018 judging panel

- for the International Open category and the International Health Professional categories: Mark Doty, USA, Carol Rumens, UK, Dr Peter Goldsworthy, Australia

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

Deadline for Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine:††
Open and International Health Professional categories

at the end of 14th February, 2018 -†12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant.

Deadline for Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine:

at the end of 1st March, 2018 -†12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant.

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

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.†

Awards for the 2018 Prize will be announced by the judges at a ceremony at the end of the 8th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.†


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

†© Hippocrates initiative 2012: hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com