1st March deadline for 2018 Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an international prize for a single unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. The length of the poem should be not more than 50 lines of text. Entrants should be aged 14 - 18 years old on the closing date for entries - 1st March.

The award for the winner is £500 (~ USD 670). 

Entries for the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poet Poetry and Medicine Prize close at 12 midnight ie the end of the day on 1st March 2018 in the relevant international time zone for entrants or -  if by mail - postmarked on1st March at latest. 

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

Judge Alisha Kaplan from Toronto said: "Teenagers across the globe have rich experiences and insights to express. The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is a fantastic opportunity for them to do so via the powerful tool of poetry, and to receive recognition for their unique, emerging voices“. Read more about Alisha Kaplan below.

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Alisha Kaplan
Since its launch in 20013, the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine has attracted entries from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, with winners from the USA, the UK and Hong Kong. 

Shortlisted poets will be informed by email and information about the shortlist and the commended entries posted on the Hippocrates Prize website. The winners in the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize will be announced at the Hippocrates Awards ceremony on Friday 11th May 2018 at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

To find out more about the 2018 prize, or to enter, click here.

Organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such international interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize. We are also grateful that the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the US Poetry Foundation in Chicago. 

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

The 2018 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize judge is Alisha Kaplan.

Alisha Kaplan is a poet from Toronto in Canada. 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.

Hippocrates Prize Organisers
Professor Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist and President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. His interests include research on discovery of new therapies, and public understanding of drugs, health and disease. Professor Michael Hulse is a poet and translator of German literature, and teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He is also editor of The Warwick Review. His latest book of poems, Half-Life (2013), was named a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.

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

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