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2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine underway

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Entries are underway for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and international health professional category, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi, President-Elect of the British Medical Association, are the judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Ann Barnard, Keki Daruwalla and Professor Neena Modi will judge the Open and Health Professional awards and Anna Jackson judge the Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Read more about the judges ... 

2021 International Open and Health Professional categories
In each category: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250 and up to 20 commendations. Entries were received from 28 countries for these awards in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize.

There are a limited number of free entries for low-income writers for these awards.
Click here for how to apply for a free entry.

2021 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Entries for this prize are free. Entries for this prize are now open. The Young Poets’ Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.  The Young Poets’ Prize is £500. Entries were received from 19 countries for these 2020 Hippocrates Prize awards.

Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world.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.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished international panel of judges for the 2021 Hippocrates Prize.

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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

- closing date 1st March for the £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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 email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com 

The immediacy of illness: the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judge Lawrence Sail announced the £500 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine for 2020 as Cynthia Lu from Belmont, Massachusetts, USA for her poem Bright-body during a live webinar on 15th May, with participants from Sydney to California and throughout the UK. 

Other poets shortlisted for the Young Poets Prize were Rachel Brooks, Trumbull, Connecticut, USA for Endoscopy results in room #1, Sabrina Guo, Oyster Bay, New York, USA for Pink Milk, Sarah Eliana Nachimson, Los Angeles, California, USA for Obituary of a Lost Girl and Katherine Vandermel from Bergen County, New Jersey USA for All the Places We've Been and Blur. There were also honourable mentions for Nathalie Shah from Birmingham, England for Edge of the Abyss and for Rachel Sharp, from Morpeth, England for A Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Dad. 

Poems by the winning and all the shortlisted poets are published in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize Anthology of 48 winning and commended poems in all three categories of the Hippocrates Prize. 

Click here for biographies of the shortlisted poets and what inspired their writing.

There were entries for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize from 17 countries and territories:  Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, USA, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.    

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

2020 Hippocrates Prize Young Poet winner Cynthia Lu 

Lawrence Sail said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”  

Lawrence Sail is a freelance writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  In addition to thirteen books of poems, he has published two books of essays and a memoir of childhood, Sift (Impress Books 2010).  He has also edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always (Faber 1988), which raised more than £65,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  He has been chairman of the Arvon Foundation and director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.  

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Poets shortlisted for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize
Top (from left): Sabrina Guo, Cynthia Lu, Rachel Brooks
Bottom: Sarah Nachimson (left), Katherine Vandermel

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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

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, including details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805 or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize
The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 


Oviedo Conference Postponed

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17th March 2020: Hippocrates Conference in Oviedo postponed

Further to our notice below about postponement of the 15th May Conference in Oviedo on Poetry and Medicine, in addition, from Tuesday 17 March until the end of the State of Emergency, measures by the Spanish Government now include the closure of land borders for those entering  Spain, with the following exceptions: Spanish nationals, Spain residents, frontier workers and those able to prove that they need to enter for essential reasons.

We aim to defer our annual one day conference on poetry and medicine to mid-May 2021, to be combined with awards of the 2021 Hippocrates Prize. 

13th March 2020: Hippocrates Conference in Oviedo postponed

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has now advised against travel to Spain.
The Rector of the University of Oviedo has formally closed every campus at the University of Oviedo. The Hippocrates awards conference planned for 15th May 2020 has therefore been cancelled. 

Please save the date for a possible 2020 Hippocrates awards related event to be held in London on the evening of 4th November 2020, subject to evolution of the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

12th March 2020: Urgent notice re Oviedo Conference

We have now heard from our Oviedo, Spain partner in this year's Hippocrates Awards Conference – due to be held on 15th May 2020 –  that the Oviedo University's Humanities Department will be closed from this weekend. An announcement is expected to be made soon that Oviedo University will be closed entirely, as other universities in Spain have already been.

In view of these developments, it now seems certain that we shall have to announce the postponement of the Oviedo conference. We shall confirm this formally when we have more details from Oviedo.

This does not affect the Hippocrates awards themselves or timing of their announcement. 

Medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning - winners announced for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judges Roland Jackson and Lawrence Sail announced the top places in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine during a live webinar on 15th May, with participants from Sydney to California and throughout the UK. 

With an awards fund of £5500, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2020 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The £1000 First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards went to poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer Sarah James from Droitwich in Worcestershire for People Scare Me Because.

The £500 Second Prize in the Open Awards was shared by poet Clare Best  from Woodbridge, Suffolk for After your procedure and former instructor Ian Colin from London for Fighting the Minotaur. The £250 Open Third Prize was shared by poet and creative writing tutor Rosie Jackson from Trudoxhill in Somerset for It's Time We Found A Different Metaphor and poet and retired English teacher John Mills from Stone in Staffordshire for A letter from Dr Parkinson’s discovery. 

The FPM Hippocrates Prize Open winners: above - Clare Best (L) and Rosie Jackson; below - Sarah James and John Mills

The £1000 First Prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards went to retired General Practitioner Judith Wozniak from Fareham in Hampshire for First Do No Harm. 

The £500 Second Prize in the Health Professional Awards Awards was shared by Oona Chantrell from London for The Untouchable and medical student Lauren Fields from New York for A Laying On Of Hands In the OR. The £250 Health Professional Third Prize was shared by Northern Ireland’s  Programme Director for the Human Health Project Patrick Toland from Belfast for By Virtue of the Merits of her Son and a further award to Judith Wozniak for Second Opinion.


The FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize winners: above - Oona Chantrell (L) and Lauren Fields; below - Patrick Toland and Judith Wozniak

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and the USA - 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Geoffrey Lehmann, poet judge from Sydney, Australia said: " Poems about illness and death, and medical procedures, have a reality and urgency that seem to fully engage the poet and reader. The "commended poems" as well as the "winning poems" were all at a high level, and choosing from such a rich harvest was not easy.

Historian and scientist Sir Roland Jackson, formerly head of London’s Science Museum, summed up his experience of the judging process in these words: “It was a pleasure to judge such a rich collection of entries. From reflective to fiery pieces, what struck me most were the vivid images of people accepting, resolute, or raging in life-altering circumstances.”

Physician and physiologist Professor John Stein from Oxford said: “I found the whole exercise very rewarding, instructive, evocative and moving.  From a medical perspective, they took me back to my feelings of inadequacy as a medical student, being an imposter when I first qualified, fears of not being able to cope, the loneliness of some people’s deaths (at the moment sadly all too relevant), the rituals of surgery, the implacable and bleak course of Parkinson’s disease, the terrors of Asperger’s, but also how the mind fixes on irrelevant but beautiful details in moments of high anxiety, cottage gardens as an antidote to pain.”

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2020 Hippocrates Prize Young Poet winner Cynthia Lu

Judge Lawrence Sail announced the £500 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine for 2020 as Cynthia Lu from Belmont, Massachusetts, USA for Bright-body.  

He said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”    

You can see details of shortlisted and commended poems in the 2020 Hippocrates awards on the prize website: Hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We look forward to the announcement of the winners and to hearing their winning poems during the free online session on Zoom at 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.”

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805
or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2020 Hippocrates Judges

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Director at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Sir Roland Jackson, Geoffrey Lehmann and Professor John Stein will judge the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards. Lawrence Sail will judge the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

 

From reflective to fiery pieces: short-listed poems in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The judges have agreed a shortlist of 5 poets for the top places in the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Prize and a shortlist of 5 poets for the top places in the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize.

With an awards fund of £5500, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2020 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Winners will be announced by live webcast from 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.

Click here for how to register free to join the awards session.

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Open short list: above - Clare Best (L) and Rosie Jackson; below - Sarah James and John Mills

Competing for the FPM-Hippocrates Open Prize are Clare Best  from Woodbridge, Suffolk for After your procedure, Ian Colin  from London for Fighting the Minotaur, Rosie Jackson from Trudoxhill in Somerset for It's Time We Found A Different Metaphor, Sarah James from Droitwich in Worcestershire for People Scare Me Because and John Mills from Stone in Staffordshire for A letter from Dr Parkinson’s discovery. 

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Health Professional short list: above - Oona Chantrell (L) and Lauren Fields; below - Patrick Toland and Judith Wozniak

In the running for the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize are Oona Chantrell from London for The Untouchable, Lauren Fields from New York for A Laying On Of Hands In the OR , Patrick Toland from Belfast for By Virtue of the Merits of her Son and Judith Wozniak from Fareham in Hampshire for two poems: First Do No Harm and Second Opinion.

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and the USA - 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category and 16 in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Category.

Geoffrey Lehmann, poet judge from Sydney, Australia said: " Poems about illness and death, and medical procedures, have a reality and urgency that seem to fully engage the poet and reader. The "commended poems" as well as the "winning poems" were all at a high level, and choosing from such a rich harvest was not easy.

Historian and scientist Sir Roland Jackson, formerly head of London’s Science Museum, summed up his experience of the judging process in these words: “It was a pleasure to judge such a rich collection of entries. From reflective to fiery pieces, what struck me most were the vivid images of people accepting, resolute, or raging in life-altering circumstances.”

Physician and physiologist Professor John Stein from Oxford said: “I found the whole exercise very rewarding, instructive, evocative and moving.  From a medical perspective, they took me back to my feelings of inadequacy as a medical student, being an imposter when I first qualified, fears of not being able to cope, the loneliness of some people’s deaths (at the moment sadly all too relevant), the rituals of surgery, the implacable and bleak course of Parkinson’s disease, the terrors of Asperger’s, but also how the mind fixes on irrelevant but beautiful details in moments of high anxiety, cottage gardens as an antidote to pain.”

Judge Lawrence Sail has also agreed a shortlist of 6 poets – all from the USA – for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

He said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that 'poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”    

You can see details of shortlisted and commended poems in the 2020 Hippocrates awards on the prize website: Hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We look forward to the announcement of the winners and to hearing their winning poems during the free online session on Zoom at 8pm UK time on Friday 15th May.”

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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, including embargoed details of the winners and the winning poems, contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805
or hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918, is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2020 Hippocrates Judges

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Director at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. Sir Roland Jackson, Geoffrey Lehmann and Professor John Stein will judge the 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional Awards. Lawrence Sail will judge the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

 

Poems to Live for: new monthly live sessions from 8th April 2020.

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To raise spirits in these very troubled times, the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine is launching a series of live webinars on Poems to live for.

See the Poems to Live for website for details about how to join the sessions by computer/laptop/smartphone or by dialling in by phone.

Sessions will be live at 9pm UK time on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesdayb 8th April.

There will be discussions on poetry. Invited poets around the world will read a poem that seems full of the spirit that's worth living for, and will say why this poem means so much to him/her.  Sessions will also provide updates from the 2020 Hippocrates Prize  and other activities of the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine.

The organisers also welcome suggestions for poems in English (out of copyright) from contributors from anywhere in the world would like read. Contributors should email suggestions or a link to a reading of a favourite poem (must not your own AND must be out of copyright).

Please email your suggestions or links to a reading to hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Programme for the first live session:

Poems to Live for

Session 1
Wednesday 8th April 9pm UK time

Introduction
Michael Hulse

Contributors
Michael Hulse, UK, Luz Mar Gonzales, Spain, Geoffrey Lehmann, Australia, Professor John Stein, UK, Lawrence Sail, UK, Donald Singer, UK.

Announcement of short-lists for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine
FPM-Hippocrates Open shortlist: announced by judge Geoffrey Lehmann, Australia
FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional shortlist announced by judge Professor John Stein, UK
Hippocrates Young Poets short list: announced by judge Lawrence Sail, UK

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Readers include 
Michael Hulse, UK
Luz Mar Gonzales, Spain


Still time to enter 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Open and Health Professional Awards: £5500 awards fund

There are still 2 days to go to the midnight 14th February deadline to enter for the Open International category and international health professional category in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine [midnight online or by postmark in the time zone of the applicant.

Entries have already received for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine from 23 countries and from 27 states in the USA for its Open and Health Professional Awards. These well-established international awards are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. 

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and international health professional category, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

Short-listed and commended poets will be notified in early April. Winners of the FPM-Hippocrates Awards will be announced at the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by the University of Oviedo in Northwest Spain.

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.

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Head of Museum at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We are also grateful that the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be held on 15th May in partnership with the University of Oviedo in Northwest Spain

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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

- closingn date 1st March for the £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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 

Still 3 days to enter 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Open and Health Professional Awards: £5500 awards fund.

There are still 3 days to go to the midnight 14th February deadline to enter for the Open International category and international health professional category in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Entries have already received for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine from 22 countries and from 27 states in the USA for its Open and Health Professional Awards. These well-established international awards are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. 

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and international health professional category, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

Short-listed and commended poets will be notified in early April. Winners of the FPM-Hippocrates Awards will be announced at the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by the University of Oviedo in Northwest Spain.

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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.

Judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Awards are Sir Roland Jackson, Visiting Fellow of the Royal Institution and former Head of Museum at the Science Museum, Geoffrey Lehmann, the first Australian poet to be published by Faber and Faber, poet Lawrence Sail, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former Director of the Arvon Foundation and the Cheltenham Literary Festival, and John Stein, Oxford Professor of Physiology and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust.

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize. We are also grateful that the 2020 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be held on 15th May in partnership with the University of Oviedo in Northwest Spain

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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

- closingn date 1st March for the £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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 


Free entry for the £500 international Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine: deadline 1st March 2020

Hippocrates Young Poets Prize deadline – midnight on 1st March 2020

Download flyer about 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize

2020 Hippocrates Young Poets' Prize

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

Heart charity patron Leslie Morgan OBE DL said: “The CVRT is delighted to have such international interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize."

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and international health professional category, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

– a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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

Support for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school studentshttp://example.com/

Deep insight into the human condition: shortlists for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine


With an awards fund of £5500 the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2019 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Judges UK journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie CBE, DL, American-Mexican poet and author Jennifer Clement, International President of PEN International and Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, London, have agreed 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.

2019 Open

Open shortlist. L to R - above:  Mara Adamitz Scrupe and Claudia Daventry;
below: Simon Rae and Michael Swan.

Competing for the Open Prize are Mara Adamitz Scrupe from Philadelphia in the USA for Excision, Claudia Daventry from Kincaple near St Andrews in Scotland for my Valentine in an fMRI scanner, Simon Rae from Llandrindod Wells in Wales for The Wheelhouse and Michael Swan from Didcot near Oxon in England for Advice to a medical student.

HP 2019

Health Professional shortlist. L to R - above:  Sharon Ackerman and Denise Bundred;
below: Melinda Kallasmae and Siddharth Warrier

In the running for the Health Professional Prize are pain clinic nurse Sharon Ackerman from Charlottesville, Virginia, USA for Dementia Praecox, retired paediatric cardiologist Denise Bundred from Camberley in England for Addressing a Fetal Heart, anaesthetic nurse Melinda Kallasmae from Strathdale, Victoria, Australia for Advance care directive and trainee neurologist Siddharth Warrier from Thane, Maharashtra, India for Limbic love.  

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the USA - 19 in the Open category and 20 in the Health Professional Category.

The judges also agreed 22 commendations from Australia, England, India, Sweden, Wales and the USA for the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize and 18 commendations from Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales and the USA for the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates international Open Prize

Judge Kate Adie said: “The poems which caught my eye - and my heart - were both arresting and illuminating. I was fascinated by the breadth of subject, and felt I was listening to those who have a deep insight into the human condition - not in a contemplative, detached way, but deeply involved and at times feeling a huge responsibility about the heath and state of mind of others.There was humour, grief, sadness, reflection, and I found it a joy to read through all of them.”

Judge Jennifer Clement added: "It's important to bring the humanities and sciences together and the Hippocrates Prize does this in a valuable and original way. The shortlisted poems speak to both medical issues and literature in unique ways.

Judge Professor Dame Jane Dacre said: “ As a doctor, being a judge for the Hippocrates poetry competition has been a fascinating exercise. The words used, and the emotions expressed have helped my understanding of some of the more complex and difficult clinical areas. This heightened understanding came from the poems written for both health professional and open categories. Medicine is emotional and complex and poetry helps us all to come to terms with it.” 

Judge Elizabeth Smither from New Zealand has agreed a shortlist of 5 poets for the 2019 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

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

Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize. We are also grateful that the 2019 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the Centre for Life in Newcastle in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.”

Centre Director Professor Sinéad Morrissey added: “The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts is delighted to co-host this important international poetry prize – one which is growing in status and reputation each year, making vital contributions to both fields of knowledge.”

Co-organiser Michael Hulse said: “Our tenth anniversary year promises to be one of real distinction, and we look forward eagerly to reading the poems that take this year’s prizes and commendations.”

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates 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 FPM-Hippocrates 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 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets 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. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.

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 
Wendy Necar
01789 841425/07973 523168  
Wendy@hippocrates-poetry.org

or 

Sharon Underhill: 
07734 54 99 55 /  T: 01789 842 624  
Sharon@hippocrates-poetry.org 

Support for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize

The 2019 FPM-Hippocrates Open Awards and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM, founded in 1918,  is a UK medical society which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 

The 2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

2019 Hippocrates Judges

The 2019 Hippocrates Awards judging panel includes BBC journalist Kate Adie from the UK, US-Mexican poet and novelist Jennifer Clement, and past-president of the UK Royal College of Physicians Professor Dame Jane Dacre, for the International Open and International Health Professional categories; and, for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, poet and novelist Elizabeth Smither from New Zealand.

Kate Adie became a familiar figure through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent. She is the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and a presenter or contributor to many other radio and television programmes. She has served as a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, now the Bailey’s, and the Whitbread, now the Costa Prize, and recently, the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Kate was honoured with a Bafta Fellowship in 2018 and received a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Other awards include: Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year 1980, for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege; Winner, 1981 & 1990, Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award; The Richard Dimbleby BAFTA Award 1990.

Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected as its President in 100 years. Under her leadership the PEN International Women’s Manifesto was created. Clement has published four books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). She is the author of A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, Prayers for the Stolen and Gun Love.  She also wrote the acclaimed memoir Widow Basquiat on New York City in the 1980’s and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is the recipient of the Canongate Prize, Sara Curry Humanitarian Award, the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, and her books have twice been a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book.  Prayers for the Stolen was both a PEN/Faulkner Prize and Femina Prize finalist. Her recent novel Gun Love is an Oprah Book Club Selection as well as being a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Mexico City. 

Professor Dame Jane Dacre DBE, MD, FRCP is a UK consultant rheumatologist and Professor of Medical Education. She is the immediate past president of the London Royal College of Physicians and was vice chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, Director of University College of London Medical School, MD of MRCPUK and academic VP of the RCP. She is the lead for the DHSC independent review into the gender pay gap in medicine, and the President of the Medical Protection Society. She won the medicine and healthcare category 2012 of Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; was named on the HSJ inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the HSJ top 100 list from 2014 to 2017.

Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry. She was New Zealand’s Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, 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.


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