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Click here for links to all short-listed and commended poets in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize - for the Young Poets Award and the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional and Open Awards.

Click here for the Press Release on the 2021 Hippocrates Prize Shortlist

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Shorlisted poets in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional and Open Awards

Awards will be announced on Wednesday 19th May by the judges at an online ceremony from 8.3pm UK time, with readings by the short-listed poets. There will be further readings by commended poets from 9pm UK time on Wednesday July 14th and Wednesday August 11th. 

Wed 19th May from 8.30pm UK time
2021 Hippocrates Prize Awards Ceremony and readings of shortlisted poems
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Wed 14th July from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Health Professional poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Wed 11th August from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Open poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi 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.

The Open and Health Professional awards in the Hippocrates Prize are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The Young Poets Award for poets aged 14-18 years is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust.

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2021 FPM-Hippocrates 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.

2021 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Entries for this prize are free. 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.

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The 2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional awards are supported by UK medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Award is supported by Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

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We have launched a series of monthly live webinars called Poems to live for.

See more here about Poems Live for and how to register and how to join the sessions.

We welcome suggestions for poems (out of copyright) you would like read. 

You may also email us with a link to a reading of a favourite poem, saying why you chose it (must not your own AND must be out of copyright). We can’t promise to use all readings or suggestions but we shall use as many as possible.

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The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject - now in its 12th year. 

The Hippocrates Prize is in 3 categories, with entries in each category open to poets from anywhere in the world: Entries for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize were received from 36 countries - including from 18 countries for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize. Since its first awards in 2010, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 11,000 entries from around 70 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. 

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More on the Hippocrates Prize

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