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The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is in its 10th year. 

The judges have agreed a shortlist of 5 poets for the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine, a shortlist of 4 poets for the top places in the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Prize and a shortlist of 4 poets for the top places in the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize.

The judges have also agreed 22 commendations for the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize and 18 commendations for the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Prize

See here for lists of all shortlisted and commended poems in the 2019 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.


Winners will be announced at the end of the 10th annual Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine conference, which will be held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Judges for the 2019 Hippocrates international Open Prize and Health Professional Prize are UK journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie CBE, DL,  American-Mexican poet and author Jennifer Clement, International President of PEN International and  physician Professor Dame Jane Dacre who is immediate past president of the UK Royal College of Physicians in London and a Professor of Medical Education. 

New Zealand poet Elizabeth Smither is judge for the 2019 international Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Entries were 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Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world.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


9th Annual 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.


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