2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

For young poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.

Entries were free.

With £500 for the Young Poets Award, the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine  is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem by a young poet (aged 14-18 years). The Young Poets award is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

About Young Poet entries in the previous year, the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poet judge Alisha Kaplan from Toronto said: “I am in awe of the clarity, wisdom, and resilience with which these young poets write. Weaving medical language with lyrical, they give raw, honest depictions of both physical and mental illness. These poems are written with the vision one can gain when malady or death enters and pervades one’s world, changing its colors, textures, tempo.”

She added: “There are many candid elegies to bodies transformed visibly or invisibly by illness, addressed to loved ones as well as to the poets’ own selves. At times whispering, at times keening, these voices face their pain and grief, and out of their suffering make something beautiful, something true.”

The winning, shortlisted and commended poems in the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology. The 2019 Hippocrates Prize Anthology will be launched at the 2019 Hippocrates Awards ceremony in May 2019.

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