Hippocrates Initiative

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

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


Register for the 2018 Hippocrates Workshop on Poetry and Medicine
10am - 6pm on Saturday 21st April
Cryfield Pavilion, University of Warwick

This one-day workshop is devoted to a question that has continually presented itself as an unresolved difficulty over our nine years of symposia: when poets and literary scholars on the one hand, and medical professionals on the other, speak of poetry, what do they mean?

Themes include: 
- doctors and poetry
- poems on medical subjects by non-medical writer
- poems on non-medical subjects by medical professionals
- nature and function of poetry for medical professionals
- what we talk about when we talk about poetry

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2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine  

Eight young poets from the USA and the UK have been shortlisted or commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

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

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

Judges for the 2018 Hippocrates awards


Registration is now open for the 
9th Annual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Awards 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

Download flyer for the Symposium


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. 


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”.

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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.


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