2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

For young poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.

Entries are now closed for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Short-listed poets will be contacted by the end of March.

The award will be on announced online at a ceremony in mid-May with readings by short-listed poets. 

More on last year's Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Closing date 1st March 2021

With £500 for the Young Poets Award, the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem by a young poet (aged 14-18 years). The Young Poets award is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

About previous Young Poet entries, Hippocrates Young Poet judge Alisha Kaplan from Toronto said: “I am in awe of the clarity, wisdom, and resilience with which these young poets write. Weaving medical language with lyrical, they give raw, honest depictions of both physical and mental illness. These poems are written with the vision one can gain when malady or death enters and pervades one’s world, changing its colors, textures, tempo.”

She added: “There are many candid elegies to bodies transformed visibly or invisibly by illness, addressed to loved ones as well as to the poets’ own selves. At times whispering, at times keening, these voices face their pain and grief, and out of their suffering make something beautiful, something true.”

The winning, shortlisted and commended poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology. The 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology will be launched at the Hippocrates Awards ceremony on 21st May 2021.

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