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Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Now in its 8th year, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8000 entries from over 60 countries. All awards are for a single unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines of verse on a medical theme. The 2017 Hippocrates Awards are being organized in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School. The Awards will be announced by the judges at a ceremony at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, on Saturday 6th May 2017.

  • The International Open category is open to anyone in the world to enter. There have been entries from over 60 countries since the Hippocrates Prize was launched in 2009, with winning poets from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the UK and the USA.
  • The International Health Professional category is open to anyone in the world who is a Health Professional  employee, a health student, or working in a professional organization or charity involved in education and training of health professional students and staff or in supporting the care of patients.
  • The international Young Poet category: anyone in the world may enter who is aged under 19 years and at least 14 years old on the date of the Awards (6th May 2017). This £500 award was launched in 2012. The 2017 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is supported by the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, which has an awards fund of £5,500 (~USD 7,500), closes on Feb 14th at midnight. To find out more about the Hippocrates Prize and to enter, see