Entries for the £500 Young Poets Award in the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine have arrived from Australia, Canada, England, Nepal, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the USA.
The 2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Award will be judged by distinguished poet Simon Rae.
Shortlisted Young Poets will be informed by email and the shortlist posted on the Hippocrates Prize website. The 2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize will be announced in London at the Hippocrates Awards on Saturday 23rd May.
Simon Rae is a poet, biographer, broadcaster, playwright and novelist. He presented Poetry Please! on Radio 4 for many years and wrote rude poems about politicians for the Guardian newspaper for even longer. In 1999 he won the National Poetry Competition after twice coming runner-up. His collection, Gift Horses, was published in 2006. More recently he has written three novels for younger readers, Unplayable, Keras and Medusa’s Butterfly, and his first detective story, Bodyline, comes out in spring 2015.
The winner in the 2014 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Conor McKee from Sidney Sussex College Cambridge for his poem I Will Not Cut for Stone.
The winner in 2013 of the inaugural Hippocrates Young Poets Prize was Rosalind Jana from Hereford Sixth Form College in England, for her poem Posterior Instrumented Fusion for Adolescent Scoliosis.
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.
The Hippocrates Prize has attracted interest from over 60 countries since its launch in 2009.