Hippocrates Prize

hippocrates_prize_logo_medThe Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is a poetry award for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme. The FPM was an important supporter of the prize from 2010 to 2015.

There are 3 categories:

  • Open international
  • UK NHS-related entries
  • Young Poets – aged 14-18 years

Other support for the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine has come from:

2015 Hippocrates Prize
Winners of the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine were selected from entries from 31 countries by judges poet Rebecca Goss, poet Simon Rae, psychiatrist Professor Femi Oyebode and doctor and writer Theodore Dalrymple.The winners were announced on Friday May 22nd at an Awards Ceremony in London at the close of an International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine. The First Prize in the Open Category was awarded to teacher and writer Maya Catherine Popa from New York City for a poem inspired by her neuroscientist great grandfather. Poet Pascale Petit from France and now living in London was awarded the Second Prize for In the Giraffe House, with the Third Prize going to teacher Catherine Ayres from Northumberland for Making Love to LINAC.  The Hippocrates £5000 NHS first prize went to former counsellor Kate Compston from Cornwall for a poem about revealing the diagnosis of dementia. The Second Prize went to former GP Ann Lilian Jay from West Wales for Night Visit, with the Third Prize shared between tutor Carole Bromley from York for On Hearing for the First Time and radiologist Rowena Warwick from Buckinghamshire for Mrs Noone. Parisa Thepmankorn from Rockaway, New Jersey received the 2015 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Intraocular Pressure. The judges also agreed 13 commendations in the NHS category and 18 commendations in the Open category, to poets from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA and New Zealand.

2014 Hippocrates Prize
Winners for the 2014 Hippocrates NHS and Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine were selected by judges poet Philip Gross, patient rights barrister Sir Robert Francis QC and Mumsnet Editor Sarah Crown from over 1000 entries from 31 countries. At an Awards Ceremony in London held at the Royal Society of Medicine, the  NHS first prize was awarded to trainee paediatrician Dr Ellen Storm for her new poem Out of Hospital Arrest. The second prize was won by Valerie Laws from Tyne and Wear for her poem Acute Mountain Sickness: Everest and the third prize went to Belfast poet and dentist Paula Cunningham for A History of Snow. The 2014 Open International Hippocrates first prize was awarded to UK-based poet Jane Draycott for her poem The Return. The second prize was won by UK poet Ailsa Holland for her poem Weekend and the third prize was shared by New York City poet Stephanie Gangi for Four and South African poet Karen Net for Intensive Care. The judges also agreed 20 commendations in the NHS category, and 21 in the Open International category, from England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Conor McKee from Tonbridge was awarded the 2014 International Hippocrates Young Poets Prize. The 2014 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize attracted entries from England, Ireland, and Scotland, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. It is one of the most valuable poetry awards in the world for young poets.

2013 Hippocrates Prize
The Hippocrates prize in 2013 was in three sections: UK NHS staff and students and related heath professionals, poets and any interested members of the public, and a new Young Poet section which attracted international interest and was supported by NAWE – the National Association for Writers in Education. The open winner was a Harvard physician and poet – Dr Rafael Campo. The 2013 awards attracted major media interest including from BBC radio four and the Boston Globe. Winners in 2013 came from throughout the UK and from the USA, New Zealand and Israel. The awards were judged by Queen’s Gold Medal winning poet Jo Shapcott, a writer and doctor Theodore Dalrymple and Science Museum Communications Director Roger Highfield at the 4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, at which there were speakers from the USA, the UK, Spain and Switzerland.

2012 Hippocrates Prize
The 2012 Hippocrates Prize attracted entries from 32 countries, with commended and winning poets from the UK, USA, and New Zealand. The 2012 Hippocrates poetry and medicine awards were judged and presented by broadcaster and writer Martha Kearney, medical researcher Professor Rod Flower FRS, and Paris-based US poet and critic Marilyn Hacker, at the 3rd International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine was supported by the FPM. The Symposium included speakers from the USA, the UK, France and Denmark. The 2012 Hippocrates Prize attracted major professional and public interest, with media features including an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. An Anthology was published of the 46 winning poems and commended poems.

2011 Hippocrates Prize
The 2011 Hippocrates Prize attracted entries from 23 countries, with commended and winning poets from the UK, USA, and New Zealand. 2011 Hippocrates poetry and medicine awards were judged and presented by broadcaster and writer Mark Lawson, outgoing chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Professor Steve Field, and Gwyneth Lewis, who was appointed Wales’ first National Poet in 2005. Awards were presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine which was supported by the FPM. The Symposium included international speakers from USA and South Africa. The 2011 Hippocrates Prize attracted major professional and public interest, with media features including a full page article in the Guardian and an Anthology was published of the 46 winning poems and commended poems.

2010 Hippocrates Prize
The inaugural 2010 International Hippocrates Prize on Poetry and Medicine, which attracted almost 1700 entries from 31 countries, with commended and winning poets from the UK, France and Switzerland, Canada and the USA, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia (www.hippocrates-poetry.org). Awards were presented at an International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine supported by the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and the Wellcome Trust. The Symposium included international speakers from Australia and South Africa, with Hippocrates poetry and medicine awards presented by broadcaster and writer James Naughtie, NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, and poet and doctor Dannie Abse. The 2010 Hippocrates Prize attracted major professional and public interest, with publications in the Lancet and the Postgraduate Medical journal, an Anthology of 46 winning poems and media features including interviews and reports in the Independent, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC World Service and US National Public Radio.