1st March deadline for 2019 Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an international prize for a single unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. The length of the poem should be not more than 50 lines of text in addition to the title and any line breaks. 

Entrants should be aged 14 - 18 years old on the closing date for entries - 1st March 2019.

Entries are free for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The award for the winner is £500 (~ USD 670). 

Entries for the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poet Poetry and Medicine Prize close at 12 midnight ie the end of the day on 1st March 2019 in the international time zone for entrants or -  if by mail - postmarked on1st March at latest. 

Enter online, by email or post for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart vharity the Cardiovascular Research Trustwhich promotes education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation.

Since its launch in 2013, the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine has attracted entries from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia, with winners from the USA, the UK and Hong Kong. 

Heart charity patron Leslie Morgan OBE DL said: “The CVRT is delighted to have such international interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize. The CVRT is also grateful that the 2019 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK at the 10th annual international Hippocrates conference on poetry and medicine, which is being jointly organised by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine and the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

New Zealand poet and novelist Elizabeth Smither will judge the Hippocrates international Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine (age 14-18 years; deadline 1st March). Elizabeth Smither said: “Young poets have something that old poets don’t. Freshness, wonder, passion before the difficulty of being a poet is fully understood. No fear at looking at the blank page or blank screen. The whole world of words at their feet.” 

Shortlisted 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 Young Poets Prize will be announced at the Hippocrates Awards ceremony on Friday 11th May 2018 at the 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.

Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize  contact +44 7494 450805  or email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com



2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize judge 
Elizabeth Smithers

2019 Elizabeth Smither photograph

Elizabeth Smithers is a poet who lives in New Zealand. Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry. She was Te Mata Poet Laureate (2001-3), and was awarded an Hon DLitt by Auckland University and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. She also writes novels, journals and short stories, and is widely published in Australia, Britain and USA. She was awarded the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize in 2016 and her most recent poetry collection, Night Horse, won the Ockham NZ Book Award for poetry in 2018.

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.

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