14th February deadline for 2018 Hippocrates International Health Professional Prize for Poetry and Medicine

2017 judge Neal Baer, producer of ER observed: ”Here the ordinary becomes extraordinary. These poems relate with emotional depth and in fresh and compelling ways what it means to be healthy and sick.”

There has been a dramatic increase in international interest in recent years in the interface between medicine and the humanities in general, and in medicine and poetry in particular. Since its launch in 2009, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8000 entries from over 70 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. All awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for a single unpublished poem on a medical theme. 

Enter online for the Hippocrates Health Professional awards

The International Hippocrates Health Professional category is open to healthcare employees, including clinicians, researchers and health policy experts, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There is a £1000 first prize, a £500 second prize and a £250 third prize. There are a further ~20 commendations in the  health professional category

“These poems show us everything we have in common,’” said 2017 Prize judge Jackie Kay. "They help us with grief and grieving. But above all they make us cherish life, our health, our minutes and our hours. I’d keep these poems about me as my companions. They radiate light. One minute you’re reading a poem from a patient, the next a doctor, the next a nurse, the next a porter, the next a friend, the next a family member. One minute you’re reading a poem set in a standard hospital in the UK, the next a makeshift hospital in Iraq" 

Shortlisted and commended poets will be informed by email and information about the shortlist and the commended entries posted on the Hippocrates Prize website. The winners in the 2018 Hippocrates Health Professional Prize will be announced by the judges on Friday 11th May 2018 in Chicago at the Hippocrates Awards ceremony.

Entries for the 2018 Hippocrates Prize Health Professional category close at 12 midnight ie the end of the day on 14th February 2018 in relevant international time zone for entrants. 

To find out more about the 2018 prize, or to enter, click here.

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 Health Professional categories and further commendations in the Young Poets Award. 

Organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2018 Hippocrates Prize, which has since its launch attracted interest from over 70 countries. We are also grateful that the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the US Poetry Foundation in Chicago. 

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

- a £500 prize for the Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category.

Notes for editors
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2018 Hippocrates Judges

The 2018 Hippocrates Awards judging panel includes for International Open and International Health Professional categories Mark Doty, USA, Carol Rumens, UK, Dr Peter Goldsworthy, Australia and for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize Alisha Kaplan, Canada.

Mark Doty is an American poet. He has won man literary awards, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction, and the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008). A resident of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Doty teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Peter Goldsworthy divides his time between medicine and writing.  He has won literary awards across a wide range of genres, including the 1982 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Poetry prize, the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and a Helpmann Award, with composer Richard Mills,  for the opera Batavia.  Five of his novels have been adapted for the stage;  his 1995 novel ‘Wish’ was recently rereleased in the Text Australian Classics series, and his 1989 novel ‘Maestro’ as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. His most recent book is ‘The Rise of the Machines and other love poems’, published last year.

Alisha Kaplan is a poet from Toronto. She holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe Fellow, and a BA from Barnard College, where she received a Lenore Marshall Barnard Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, DIAGRAM, Powder Keg, The Chicago Tribune, Carousel, and elsewhere. The daughter of a printmaker and a psychiatrist, Alisha is very interested in the convergence of art and medicine, in particular the healing possibilities of poetry. She won the Open Category in the 2017 FPM Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Carol Rumens is the author of 14 collections of poems, as well as occasional fiction, drama and translation. She has received the Cholmondeley Award and the Prudence Farmer Prize, and was joint recipient of an Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Her most recent publication is the prose book, Self into Song, based on three poetry lectures delivered in the Bloodaxe-Newcastle University Lecture Series. She is currently professor in creative writing at Bangor University, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her latest collection is De Chirico's Threads, published by Seren Books.

Hippocrates Prize Organisers
Professor Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist and President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. His interests include research on discovery of new therapies, and public understanding of drugs, health and disease. Professor Michael Hulse is a poet and translator of German literature, and teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He is also editor of The Warwick Review. His latest book of poems, Half-Life (2013), was named a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.


The Hippocrates Prize is supported by:
The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, a national medical society founded in 1918 and publisher of the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology.
The Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust which promotes education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation.

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