The 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is now closed.
The Prize is for unpublished poems in English of up to 50 lines of text from anywhere in the world for Open and Young Poet entries and from anywhere in the UK for NHS entries.
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.
Judges for the 2015 Hippocrates Prize†Open and NHS Categories are Poet Rebecca Goss, author, journalist and broadcaster John Humphrys 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- a £500 prize for the†Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.†Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years.
The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.†The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine,†annual international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.††