The Hippocrates Initiative

New publication

The Hippocrates Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Peter Wallis's extraordinary first collection of poems, Half Other, on Thursday 5 October. 

Copies will be available via the website/Hippocrates email nearer to publication date.

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Next Event

A further event in the ‘Poems to live for’ series.

Wednesday 19th April, 21:00 UK time. Duration no longer than 90 minutes.

The event will be an in-conversation reading from Ellen Hinsey, with James Dowthwaite.

Ellen’s books of poetry include Cities of Memory (1996), winner of the Yale University Series Award, The White Fire of Time (2002), and The Illegal Age (2018).

James teaches English literature at the University of Jena. His first book, Ezra Pound and 20th Century Theories of Language: Faith with the Word, came out with Routledge in 2019. His poetry has appeared in Acumen, Allegro, Nightingale & Sparrow, The French Literary Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, and elsewhere.

There will be time for conversation, as always.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please let friends and colleagues who may be interested know about the event.

The event will take place on Zoom and the joining information is below.


Meeting ID: 852 2672 2983
Passcode: 289687

New Committee for the Hippocrates Initiative

We are pleased to announce that there is a new organising committee for the Hippocrates Initiative. 

President: Luz Mar Gonzalez-Arias, Senior Lecturer in English and Irish  Studies at the University of Oviedo, Spain.

Director of publishing: Michael Hulse, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick.

Secretary: Ramsay Singer

Treasurer: Eleanor Singer

2022 Prize Winners

Health Professional

1st Prize: Aunty Mary's Memory Assessment - Woking Community Hospital
Susan Thomas   Dorking, England

2nd Prize: Anatomy Lab
Wendy Tong   New York, New York, USA 

Joint 3rd Prize: 
Questions that will never be answered. 
Carole Bromley. York, England

Nicola Carter. Liverpool, 

Junior Poet 

1st Prize: A Horse Dreams of Beethoven
Daniel Boyko  New Jersey, United States

Open Category 

1st Prize: Until
Jess Skyleson   Rehoboth, United States

Joint 2nd Prize: 
My First Crush was my Cardiologist
Victoria Gatehouse   Ripponden, Halifax, England

Scenes with a dead brother
Veronica Zundel   London, England

Joint 3rd Prize: 
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Christina Dreier. Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, England

Do You Still Frame Me On Your Desk? 
Pamela Gormally. Alnwick, Northumberland, England

2022 Anthology 

Many thanks to all those who have expressed interest in purchasing a copy of the 2022 Anthology. Unfortunately, it is not currently available but we will update the website and all those who have contacted us via email as soon as it becomes available. 

Many thanks for your patience. 

Donald RJ Singer 1954 - 2022 

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It is with deep sadness that we report the unexpected death of Professor Donald Singer on Saturday 11th June.  This is a tremendous loss for those around him and for the Hippocrates Initiative. Thank you to those who have offered messages of condolence and shared fond memories.

Donald was assiduous in his approach to the running of the Hippocrates Initiative and his death has meant that there has been some disruption to scheduled events in the past few days. Unfortunately, there will also be a delay in the distribution of this year’s anthology as well as prizes for the 2022 award winners. 

Here is a link to a tribute to Donald and the Hippocrates Initiative from co-founder Michael Hulse.

If you wish to order a copy of this year’s anthology or have urgent enquiries,  email Please do not attempt to make payments via Square/PayPal/bank transfer at this time. We will contact you once they are ready for dispatch.

Please continue to check the website and Twitter (@HippoetPrize) for further updates.

Kind regards,

Eleanor Singer, on behalf of the Hippocrates Initiative and the Singer Family. 

The 2022 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Judges for the 2022 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Open and Health Professional awards were American poet Jeffrey Harrison, British medical researcher Professor Peter Barnes FRS and BBC newsreader, writer and actor Zeb Soanes. European/American author and poet Ellen Hinsey is judge for the Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize.


At the judging panel on London on 4th April:
Judges Zeb Soanes (L) and Peter Barnes FRS (R) with co-organiser Donald Singer

The winners in the 2022 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine will be announced online by the judges in a live broadcast on Zoom from 8.30 pm to 10pm UK time on Monday 30th May 2022.

Click here for the free registration link for the 2022 Hippocrates Awards Event.

The event is free however, if you are happy to do so, please make a donation on the ticket page to our designated charity - Save the Children.

Click here to link for the 2022 Hippocrates Awards’ Event Programme

2022 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Entries were received from 22 countries for the 2022 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize

More on the 2022 Hippocrates Prize judges ...

The Young Poets' Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines of text [excluding the title and any line spacing]. 

The Young Poet Prize is £500. 

The 2022 Hippocrates Young Poets Award is supported by The Cardiovascular Research Trust the Healthy Heart Charity.


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2022 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Open and Health Professional awards

Entries are now closed for these categories in the Hippocrates Prize. Entries were received from 32 countries for these awards.

Judges for the 2022 Hippocrates Prize Open and Health Professional awards are American poet Jeffrey Harrison, British medical researcher Professor Peter Barnes FRS and BBC presenter, newsreader, writer and actor Zeb Soanes. More on the 2022 Hippocrates Prize judges 

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject for poets from anywhere in the world.

The Hippocrates Prize is in 3 categories, with entries in each category open to poets from anywhere in the world. 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. 

2022 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional categories
In each category: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250 and up to 20 commendations. 

The 2022 FPM-Hippocrates Open and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional awards are supported by UK medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, which supports Medical Learning for Life through conferences, webinars and its two journals: the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology. 


Click here for links to all winning 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

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Poets in the 2022 FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional and Open Awards

Awards were announced on 19th May by the judges at an online ceremony with readings by the short-listed and winning poets.  

Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi were 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.



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.


More on the Hippocrates Prize

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Judges in 2010 - our first year: James Naughtie (L), Dannie Abse and Sir Bruce Keogh (R

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