Hippocrates Initiative

Hippocrates SocietyHealthy Heart PoetryCoull Quartet evening on 15th May in support of childhood cancer charity CLIC-Sargent2014 judges Philip Gross, Robert Francis QC, Sarah Crown2013 judges Theodore Dalrymple, Jo Shapcott, Roger Highfield2013 Young Poets judge: Clare Pollard2010 judges James Naughtie, Dannie Abse, Sir Bruce Keogh2011 judges: Mark Lawson, Gwyneth Lewis, Steve Field2012 judges Martha Kearney, Marilyn Hacker, Rod Flower2012 NHS Winner Nick MacKinnon readingAbout us2016 judges: Rafael Campo, Wendy French, Gareth Powell, Sian Hughes2015 judges: Theodore Dalrymple, Femi Oyebode, Simon Rae2016 Shortlist: Chris Woods, Anne Ryland, Denise Bundred, Jane McLaughlin, Karen Schofield

Winners of the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Young Poet Award: Catherine Wang, Hong Kong

Open - First Prize: Owen Lewis, New York City, USA - listen to reading by Owen Lewis 

NHS - First Prize: Denise Bundred, Camberley, England


Press release: 2016 Hippocrates Open and NHS winners

Press release: 2016 Hippocrates Young Poet award

Photos from 2016 Hippocrates Awards and 7th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine


Winners were announced at the 2016 Hippocrates Awards ceremony in London on Friday 15th April, 2016.

The winning poems and commendations in all the 2016 Hippocrates Awards were published in the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Anthology now available to order online.


The Hippocrates awards comprises the Young Poets Prize, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories and further commendations in the Young Poets Award. In its first 6 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 7000 entries from 61 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. 

The winning poems and commendations in Hippocrates Open, NHS and Young Poets Awards will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

With a prize fund of £500 for the Young Poets Award and £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and NHS category, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. 

Awards for the 2016 Prize will be announced by the judges on Friday 15th April 2016 in London at a ceremony at the end of the 7th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine. 

Judges for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Categories are poet Wendy French, winner of the inaugural Hippocrates NHS Prize, Harvard physician and poet Dr Rafael Campo, and the Rev. Gareth Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Church.

Click here to enter online for the Hippocrates Young Poets Awards for Poery and Medicine

Online payment for Hippocrates Prize entries

Rules for the Hippocrates Prize


Winners and readings from the 2015 Hippocrates Prize

Photos from the Awards

The First Prize in the Hippocrates Open Category was awarded to teacher and writer Maya Catherine Popa from New York City for a poem inspired by her neuroscientist great grandfather.

The 2015 Hippocrates NHS first prize went to former counsellor Kate Compston from Cornwall for a poem about revealing the diagnosis of dementia. 

Parisa Thepmankorn from Rockaway, New Jersey received the 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Intraocular Pressure.

Listen to all the winning Hippocrates Open poems
Listen to all the winning Hippocrates NHS poems
Listen to all the winning Hippocrates Young Poet poems 
Listen to Maya Popa reading her winning poem 

Photos from the Hippocrates Award Ceremony

See more about the 2015 Hippocrates awards in our press releases:

2015 Hippocrates Prize awarded to New York City teacher, retired counsellor from Cornwall, and young New Jersey poet  

Family doctor wins award in Hippocrates Prize for poem on night calls
Major Hippocrates Award for poem on deafness and hearing
New Jersey poet wins Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for poem on the eye
Pascale Petit wins award in Hippocrates Prize for poem on alienation and mental illness
Radiologist receives major award in Hippocrates Prize for poem about loneliness in the elderly
Teacher wins award in Hippocrates Prize for poem on experience of cancer treatment
Two Scots poets commended by Hippocrates Prize for poems inspired by Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons
UK poet placed in Hippocrates Young Poet awards  

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

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 were Poet Rebecca Goss, author and doctor Theodore Dalrymple and Psychiatrist Femi Oyebode..

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


The 2016 Hippocrates Awards are in three categories:

- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the Open category, which anyone in the world may enter;

a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third 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


Try our short survey on poetry and medicine


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 over 60 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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