Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine nearing 2016 deadline
The annual Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine
is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world with a prize
fund of £500 for the Young Poets Award and £5500 for winning poems in its Open International and UK NHS Awards.
Awards are for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on
a medical theme. The awardsinclude 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.
If you wish to take part or to let poet friends know about the Young Poet awards
there is still time: entries for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize
International Young Poet Award close at the end of the day (midnight in your local time zone) on 29thFebruary 2016.
Awards will be presented on 15th April 2016 at a ceremony in London.
Winning and commended poems are published in the annual Hippocrates
The Hippocrates Prize is awarded in an Open category, which anyone in
the world may enter; and 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.
2015 Hippocrates Prize winners: Maya Catharine Popa and Parisa Thepmankorn from the USA and Kate Compston from the UK
Since it was founded in 2009 by clinical professor Donald Singer and
poet Michael Hulse, there has been interest in the awards from over 60
countries and widespread press and broadcast media coverage. There have already been entries for the 2016 awards from 36 countries and territories from Australia to Zambia.
Poet Wendy French, Harvard physician and poet Rafael Campo, and Gareth
Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Church, will judge the 2016
Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine international and UK NHS
Hippocrates Prize organiser and Clinical Pharmacologist Donald Singer said:
"Engaging with health through poetry can provide valuable support for patients and their families."
Poet and Hippocrates judge Wendy French said:
"My experience as poet-in-residence at the MacMillan Cancer
Centre shows how patients undergoing palliative care can find helpful
support from engaging in poetry.”
The Prize is run by the Hippocrates Initiative
for Poetry and Medicine, which received the 2011 Times Higher Education
Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts for its work on the
synergy between medicine, the arts and health.