About the 2013 Hippocrates Prize

Short-listed poets in the Open and NHS categories of the 2013 Hippocrates Prize were decided by the Judges on 25th March.

- Press Release

- The 2013 Open and NHS short-listed and commended poets

Awards was announced by the Judges on 18th May, 2013 at the Wellcome Collection in London at the end of the 4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.

Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length, excluding the title and line spacings, and not have previously been published in any form. 

They must be by a living poet, written in English and should not be translations of another writer’s work.'Medical' is to be interpreted in the widest sense, including:

- the nature of the body, and anatomy; 

- the history, evolution, current and future state of medical science; the nature and experience of tests; 

- the experience of doctors, nurses and other staff in hospitals and in the  community; 

- the experience of patients, families, friends and carers in these situations; 

- the experiences of acute and long-term illness and dying, of birth, of cure and convalescence; 

- the patient journey; the nature and experience of treatment with herbs, chemicals and devices used in medicine.

All winning and commended poems will be published in a book of 46 poems.

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