Entries are now closed for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, for which over 1000 entries have been submitted. With a 1st prize for the winning poem in the Open and in the NHS category of £5,000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.
Short lists for the Open, NHS and Young Poets Awards in the Hippocrates Prize will be announced on Thursday 3rd April.
The 2014 Hippocrates Awards will be presented at the close of the 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine in London on Saturday 10th May.
Competing poets for the 2014 Hippocrates Awards came from 31 countries from 6 continents around the world. Entries have arrived from throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, and from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France , Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy , Kenya, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Singapore, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Zimbabwe.
In our new Young Poets Awards, to be judged by poet Kit Wright, entries were received from England, Ireland, and Scotland in the UK, and from Israel, Italy, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA.
Members of the judging panel for the 2014 Hippocrates Open and NHS Prize are poet Philip Gross, a winner of the TS Eliot Prize, distinguished barrister Robert Francis QC, and Mumsnet Editor Sarah Crown. The 2014 Young Poets Award will be judged by poet Kit Wright.
Awards are in three categories:
- a £5000 first prize in the Open category, which anyone in the world may enter;
- a £5000 first prize in the NHS category, which is open to UK National Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations involved in education and training of NHS students and staff;
- a £500 prize for the Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.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.
The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine, annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are also presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine, The Hippocrates Press, and workshops, the first held in Venice in September 2013.
Since its launch in 2009, the annual Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from 61 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and from Finland to Australasia.
Major support for the Hippocrates initiative has come from the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, with additional support from the Wellcome Trust, the Cardiovascular Research Trust, the National Association for Writers in Education, Heads, Teachers and Industry and the University of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study.