2016 Hippocrates Prize

Symposium and Hippocrates Awards

Friday 15th April 2016 in London

The winning poems and commendations in all the 2016 Hippocrates Awards were published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.


Winners of the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Young Poet Award: Catherine Wang, Hong Kong

Open - First Prize: Owen Lewis, New York City, USA - listen to reading by Owen Lewis 

NHS - First Prize: Denise Bundred, Camberley, England


Press release: 2016 Hippocrates Open and NHS winners

Press release: 2016 Hippocrates Young Poet award

Photos from 2016 Hippocrates Awards and 7th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine


Winners were announced at the 2016 Hippocrates Awards ceremony in London on Friday 15th April, 2016.

The winning poems and commendations in all the 2016 Hippocrates Awards were published in the 2016 Hippocrates Prize Anthology now available to order online.

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and 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. The prize comprises a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories and further commendations in the Young Poets Award. 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 were announced by the judges on Friday 15th April 2016 in London 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 were 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 Siân Hughes for the 2016 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize.


Awards were in three categories

- an Open category, which anyone in the world may enter;

- an 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- a Young Poets category in the international Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets  for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.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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