Entries are open for the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poets' Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The International Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets' category is for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.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. With a £500 prize, it is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for young poets. The closing date is 1st March 2018. entries are welcome from individual young poets or as groups of entries from schools.

How to enter

The judge for the 2018 Young Poets Prize is Alisha Kaplan, 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. 

ALISHA KAPLAN

Kaplan author photo

About the Hippocrates Young Poets' Prize, 2017 Young Poets judge New Yorker Maya Catherine Popa, said: "It is wonderful that a prize with this kind of international visibility aims to encourage young writers from around the globe. As a teacher of this age group, I am often amazed at the creativity, insight, and skill of young writers. I wish more prizes aimed to showcase and support these voices."

The 2017 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust, founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation.

The Hippocrates has two further categories:

- an Open category, which anyone in the world may enter;

- a Health Professional category for Health Professional-related staff and Health Professional students from anywhere in the world

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