Hippocrates Initiative

Poems to Live for: Session 9 Wednesday 6th January 2021 
Special Guest: novelist and poet Louis de Bernières

Click here for links to the Short-listed poets in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize - for the Young Poets Award and the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional and Open Awards.

Details of commended poets will be posted on our site by 16th April.

Awards will be announced on Wednesday 19th May by the judges at an online ceremony from 8.3pm UK time, with readings by the short-listed poets. There will be further readings by commended poets from 9pm UK time on Wednesday June 9th and Wednesday August 11th. 

Wed 19th May from 8.30pm UK time
2021 Hippocrates Prize Awards Ceremony and readings of shortlisted poems
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Wed 9th June from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Health Professional poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Wed 11th August from 9pm UK time
Readings of commended Open poems in the 2021 Hippocrates Prize  
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Senior New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard, distinguished poets Keki Daruwalla and Anna Jackson and paediatrician Professor Neena Modi are 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.

The Open and Health Professional awards in the Hippocrates Prize are supported by medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The Young Poets Award for poets aged 14-18 years is supported by healthy heart charity The Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Read more about the judges ... 

2021 FPM-Hippocrates Open and Health Professional categories
In each category: 1st Prize £1000, 2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250 and up to 20 commendations. Entries were received from 28 countries for these awards in the 2020 Hippocrates Prize.

2021 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Entries for this prize are free. The Young Poets’ Prize is for poets aged 14-18 years from anywhere in the world.  The Young Poets’ Prize is £500. Entries were received from 19 countries for these 2020 Hippocrates Prize awards.


2019 Hippocrates Open Winners2019 Health Professional Winners2016 Hippocrates winners and judges2017 Toronto launch of Hippocrates Heart book2017 London launch of Hippocrates Heart book2017 London launch of Hippocrates Heart book2018 Chicago: Hippocrates commended poets and judgesHippocrates readings: Wendy French and Lynn Hjelmgaard2012 Hippocrates readings: Chandos House, London2012 Hippocrates poets at Lichfield Festival2013 Hippocrates readings: Lynne Hjelmgaard, Dannie Abse and Wendy French2013 Hippocrates readings: Donald Singer with Dannie Abse2013 Hippocrates Venice Symposium2015 Hippocrates commended poets and judges2015 Hippocrates Winners2016 Hippocrates Conference Speakers2019 Hippocrates Young Poet shortlist2013 Hippocrates Young Poet winner Rosalind Jana with judge Clare Pollard2013 Hippocrates Open winners and judges2013 Hippocrates Health Professional winners and judges2016 Hippocrates Shortlist2016 Hippocrates Young Poets with CVRT patrons Leslie Morgan and Tony Ahearne2014 Hippocrates Open winner Jane Draycott with judge Philip Gross2015 Hippocrates Health Professional winners with Judges Femi Oyebode and Rebecca Goss2015 Hippocrates Conference: readers Ellen Storm, Karen McArthy Woolf and Wendy French2015 Hippocrates Young Poets Daniella Cugini and Alex Greenberg with judge Simon Rae2014 Hippocrate judges Philip Gross, Sir Robert Francis QC and Sarah Crown2011 Hippocrates judges Mark Lawson, Gwyneth Lewis and Professor Steve Field2010 Hippocrates judges James Naughtie, Dannie Abse and Professor Sir Bruce Keogh2014 Hippocrates Health Professional winner Ellen Storm with judge Sir Robert Francis2013 - 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet winnersSlide012019 Hippocrates Young Poet winner Rebecca Byrne2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open Winners2020 Hippocrates Health Professional Winners2020 Hippocrates Prize Young Poets2020 Hippocrates Prize Judges

Click here for more on the 2020 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine


Find our more about the 2020 Hippocrates Prize poets and what inspired them:

Winners of the Open and Health Professional Awards

Short-listed Young Poets

Commended Open Poets

Commended Health Professional Poets

Details of poets from previous years of the Hippocrates Prize and the inspiration for their poems is on the Hippocrates Prize pages.

The 2020 FPM-Hippocrates Open and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional awards are supported by UK medical society the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine

The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Awards are supported by Healthy Heart Charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.


We have launching a series of monthly live webinars called Poems to live for.

See more here about Poems Live for and how to register and how tojoin the sessions.

The next are on Wednesday 10th June and Wednesday 8th July.

We also 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.

There will be discussions on poetry. Invited poets around the world will read a poem that seems full of the spirit that's worth living for, and will say why this poem means so much to him/her. We shall also provide updates from the 2020 Hippocrates Prize  and other activities of the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine.


The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject - now in its 12th year. 

The Hippocrates Prize is in 3 categories, with entries in each category open to poets from anywhere in the world: Entries for the 2020 Hippocrates Prize were received from 36 countries - including from 18 countries for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets’ Prize. 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. 


See interview with FPM Hippocrates Health Professional Award Winner Andrew Dimitri from Sydney and hear Andrew read It will make a fine hospital - featured as Poem of the Week in The Guardian.


More on the Hippocrates Prize

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