Freshness, wonder and passion: enter the international Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine: deadline 1st March 2021

Hippocrates Young Poets Prize deadline – midnight on 1st March 2021

The £500  Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an international prize for a single unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. The award is for young poets aged 14-18 from anywhere in the world. 

Entries are free for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.  The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating the young.

The length of the poem should be not more than 50 lines of text in addition to the title and any line breaks.

Enter online, by email or post for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Short-listed and commended poets will be notified in early April. Winners of the Hippocrates Young Poet Prize and the FPM-Hippocrates Awards will be announced at the 2021 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony.

Heart charity patron Leslie Morgan OBE DL said: “The CVRT is delighted to have such international interest in the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize.

Poet Lawrence Sail, judge of the 2020 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine 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.”    

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and international health professional category, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem

Enter online for the Hippocrates awards

The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:

– a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category

– a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category

– 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.

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 Hippocrates Prize email hippocrates.poetry@gmail.com

Support for the 2021 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize

The 2021 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.

Organisers of the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine
Professor Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist and President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. His interests include research on discovery of new therapies, and public understanding of drugs, health and disease. Professor Michael Hulse is a poet and translator of German literature, and teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. His book of poems, Half-Life was named a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.

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