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22nd May 2015 

International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine and
Hippocrates Awards Ceremony



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Short-list for the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Press release

The judges have agreed 3 poets from the USA and the UK for the shortlist for the £5000 Open International award and 4 poets from England and Wales shortlisted for the £5000 NHS award in the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. More ...

A further 31 poems were commended, by poets from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA and New Zealand. More ...

The winners of the 2015 Hippocrates Prize will be announced at the Hippocrates Award Event during the 6th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, on Friday 22nd May 2015. 

Listen to 2015 judge Simon Rae discussing the shortlisted and commended Young Poet entries.

With a 1st prize for the winning poem in the Open and in the NHS category of £5,000, and £500 in the Young Poet category, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

The Prize is for unpublished poems in English of up to 50 lines of text from anywhere in the world for Open and Young Poet entries and from anywhere in the UK for NHS entries.

Judges for the 2015 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Categories are Poet Rebecca Goss, author and doctor Theodore Dalrymple and Psychiatrist Femi Oyebode..

The 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets will be judged by poet Simon Rae.


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- a £500 prize for the Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.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.


Results for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize


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The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.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 Medicineannual 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.

The Hippocrates initiative was awarded the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

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 



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