The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. With a 1st prize for the winning poem in both the Open International and the NHS category of £5, 000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. The deadline for submissions is 12 midnight GMT 31 January 2014.

Since its launch in 2009, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 5000 entries from 55 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.

The judging panel for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize includes poet Philip Gross, a winner of the TS Eliot Prize, and distinguished barrister Robert Francis QC.

Awards for the 2014 Prize will be announced by the judges on Saturday 10 May 2014 inLondonat the end of the 5th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine. 

Awards are in 3 categories: 

  • an open category, which anyone in the world may enter; 
  • 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.
  • a category for young poets aged 14 – 18 years 

Open International Awards: 1st Prize – £5000; 2nd Prize – £1000; 3rd Prize – £500; 20 Commendations – £50

NHS category Awards: 1st Prize – £5000; 2nd Prize – £1000; 3rd Prize – £500; 20 Commendations – £50

For more information on how to apply see


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