Healthy heart charity the CVRT to support the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for a further 3 years

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is currently supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The CVRT is delighted to announce that its trustees have agreed to support this prestigious award for a further years – until the 2024 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize.

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize provides a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.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. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize. Shortlisted and winning poets have their poems published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.

There were entries for the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize from 17 countries and territories:  Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kosovo, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, USA, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

CVRT trustee Donald Singer said: “We are very pleased to have seen such international interest in  the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine, which has attracted young poets aged 14-18 years from throughout the world.

“Our healthy heart charity is looking forward to continuing to support this innovative way for young people and the public of all ages to engage in their health.”

About the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize, poet and judge Lawrence Sail said: “The young poets remind me in one way or another of the assertion that ‘poetry is not what you read, but what you re-read’. In these poems, the vivid and often raw world of medical experience meets the artistic quest for shape and meaning.”

Lawrence Sail is a freelance writer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  In addition to thirteen books of poems, he has published two books of essays and a memoir of childhood, Sift (Impress Books 2010).  He has also edited a number of anthologies, including First and Always (Faber 1988), which raised more than £65,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  He has been chairman of the Arvon Foundation and director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.

Notes for editors
For more on the Cardiovascular Research Trust and the Hippocrates  Young PoetsPrize contact Donald Singer on 07494 450 805 or email

Support for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize
The 2020 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

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