Enter for the £500 Young Poets award in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

There is still time if you wish to take part or to let young poet friends know about the award, entries close at 12 midnight GMT on 29th February, 2016.

Visit here to find out how to enter for the 2016 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine. 

The annual Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is a £500 award for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme. 

It is open to anyone in the world aged 14 – 18 years.

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Previous Hippocrates Prize Young Poet winners: Rosalind Jana (2013), Conor McKee (2014) and Parisa Thepmankorn (2015).

Winning and commended poems in the Young Poets Prize are published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

Shortlists for the Open, NHS and Young Poets awards in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine will be announced by the judges in early March.

Since it was founded in 2012 by clinical professor Donald Singer and poet Michael Hulse, there has been interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize from 15 countries, with winners and commended poets from the UK, USA and Canada.

The annual Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world with a prize fund of £500 for the Young Poets award and £5500 for winning poems in its Open International and  UK NHS Awards. Awards are for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme. The awards include 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.

The Hippocrates Prize is awarded in an Open category, which anyone in the world may enter; and an NHS category, which is open to UK National Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations involved in education and training of NHS students and staff.

Awards will be presented in April 2016 at a ceremony in London. Winning and commended poems are published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

Since it was founded in 2009 by clinical professor Donald Singer and poet Michael Hulse, there has been interest in the awards from over 60 countries and widespread press and broadcast media coverage. There have been entries for the 2016 awards from 40 countries and territories from Australia to Zambia.

Poet Wendy French, Harvard physician and poet Rafael Campo, and Gareth Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Church, are judges for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine international and UK NHS awards. 

Hippocrates Prize organiser and Clinical Pharmacologist Donald Singer said:

"Engaging with health through poetry can provide valuable support for patients and their families."

Poet and Hippocrates judge Wendy French said:

"My experience as poet-in-residence at the MacMillan Cancer Centre shows how patients undergoing palliative care can find helpful support from engaging in poetry.”

The Prize is run by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine, which received the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts for its work on the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

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