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Entries are now open for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize

Deadline:†Deadline 12 midnight GMT 31st January, 2016.

With a 1st prize of £5000 for the winning poem in the Open International category of £5,000, £5000 for the 1st Prize in the NHS category, and £500 for the Young Poets Award the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. 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.†

Awards for the 2016 Prize will be announced by the judges in April 2016 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, and poet†Si‚n Hughes for the 2016 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize.

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Winners of the 2015 Hippocrates Prize

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The £5000 First Prize in the 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 Hippocrates £5000 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 £500 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

The judges 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 6thInternational 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 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.


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.


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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 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.

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 theWellcome Trust, the†Cardiovascular Research Trust,†the National Association for Writers in Education, Heads, Teachers and Industryand the University of Warwick'sInstitute of Advanced Study.†


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