2019 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine provides international awards in 3 categories for unpublished poems in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world.

  • Open awards
  • Health professional awards for health-related staff and students
  • a Young Poets’ award

Previous winners have come from Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

The 2019 Hippocrates Prize winners will be announced on 17th May at the end of an international conference at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is organised by the Hippocrates Initiative.

Since its launch in 2009, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted around 10,000 entries from over 70 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.

With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the international Open and international Health Professional categories, and £500 for the international Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.

Judges for the 2019 FPM-Hippocrates  Open Prize and FPM-Hippocrates Health Professional Prize are UK journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie CBE, DL; American-Mexican poet and novelist Jennifer Clement, International President of PEN International; and physician Professor Dame Jane Dacre, who is immediate past-president of the UK Royal College of Physicians in London and a Professor of Medical Education.

New Zealand poet and novelist Elizabeth Smither is judge for the Hippocrates international Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

The 2019 Hippocrates Open Awards and Health Professional Awards are supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. The FPM is a UK medical society founded in 1918, which publishes the international journals the Postgraduate Medical Journal and Health Policy and Technology.

The 2019 Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust, a healthy heart charity founded in 1996, which promotes research and education for the prevention and treatment of disorders of the heart and circulation. The charity has a particular interest in avoiding preventable heart disease through educating school students.

Held in conjunction with the international Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine,  the International Hippocrates Conferences for Poetry and Medicine attract scholars, poets and members of the public with interests in poetry, health and the humanities, and the interface between poetry and medicine.

Winner of 2018 Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine: Taylor Fang, USA

Winner of 2018 FPM Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine: Joanne Key, England

Winner of 2018 FPM Hippocrates Health Professional Prize for Poetry and Medicine: Inez Garzaniti, USA


Book orders:

2018 Hippocrates Prize Anthology

Hippocrates Book of the Heart


The winning poems and commendations in all the 2019 Hippocrates Awards will be published in the annual Hippocrates Prize Anthology, to be launch at the Awards Ceremony in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 17th May 2019.

The Hippocrates awards for poetry and medicine comprises a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize and 20 commendations in each of the Open and NHS categories.