Rules: 2022 Hippocrates Prize Open & Health Professional entries

Entries are now open for the 2022 Open International and International Health Professional Awards. See rules below:

Deadline for Hippocrates International Prize for Poetry and Medicine - Open and Health Professional entries: 14th February, 2022 - 12 midnight in the time zone of the applicant.

[Click here for rules for £500 International Hippocrates Young Poet Award for Poetry and Medicine (age 14-18 year - entry free): deadline 1st March, 2022].


1. The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.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 of poetry in length [excluding the title of the poem and any section titles] 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. There is no limit to the number of entries.

2. Poems should be entered online and must be accompanied by payment of £7 for each poem entered, by secure online payment.

3. The online submission site will ask you to select OPEN if your entry is in the international open category, or HEALTH PROFESSIONAL if you are entering entered in the category for Health Profession-related employees from anywhere in the world (current or former) or health students from anywhere in the world. The writer’s name should not appear in the text box for your poem(s). No poem may win more than one prize. Proof of Health Profession-related employment or health student status will be required from winners in the Health Professional category.

4. If you are unable to submit your poem online, you may send your submission to the address below. The cost of postal entry is £10 per poem. include with your cheque the name, contact details, and the title and first line for each poem. Your poem entry with its title should be on a separate page, with Health Professional or Open noted in the top right corner and without details that would identify you. Address for postal submission and payments by cheque: 

The Hippocrates Prize
37 Newbold Terrace East, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire  CV32 4EY, UK

5. The Hippocrates Prize judges will read a long-list prepared by filter judges, and their decision is final.

6. Short-listed poets in all categories of the Hippocrates Prize will be informed by mid-April.

7. Results will be announced online at the Hippocrates Awards Event where there will be readings of shortlisted entries. Winning poems will be published on the Hippocrates Prize website, in an Anthology of winning poems, and may be published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, which is published by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, a major supporter of the Hippocrates Awards. Prize-winners will receive their awards by the end of July 2022.

8. Copyright remains with the authors, but the Hippocrates Prize organizers reserve the right of publication, both online and in a prizewinners’ and other anthologies and publications of the Hippocrates Initiative.

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