2017 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

2017 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Hippocrates Prize
Hippocrates Prize

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject.

There are three categories: The Open Category, which anyone in the world may enter; the Health Professional Category, open to current or former health professional-related staff and health professional students; and the Young Poets Category, open to poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years.


The competition is open to anyone.


Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine



Reward Proposed

A prize fund for winning poems in the Open International Category and NHS Category is £5500, and £500 for the Young Poets Award.

The winning poems and commendations in all the 2017 Hippocrates Awards will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology.


31st January, 2017 at Midnight

Rules for Application

  • Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length 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.
  • Entry fees for Open Category and Health Professional Category: £7 per entry.
    Entry fees for Young Poets Category: £2 per entry.
  • Awards for the 2017 Prize will be announced by the judges at a ceremony at the end of the 8th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

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