Linking poetry and medicine
Professor Donald Singer, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Warwick Medical School, talks about this award-winning literary competition which entwines medicine and poetry.
The deadline is looming for entries to the 2012 Hippocrates poetry & medicine awards . Midnight on Friday 3 February is the closing date for submissions of unpublished poems on a medical theme. The poem must be of up to 50 lines written in English in either of 2 categories: an Open International Prize and a UK NHS-related Prize.
With a 1st prize for the winning poem in each category of £5,000, the Hippocrates prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. In each category there are also 2nd and 3rd prizes of £1,000 and £500 plus 20 commendations of £50.
Anyone in the world may enter the Open category whilst the NHS category 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.
To date for the 2012 Awards there have been entries from 5 continents, from 26 countries from Argentina to Australia, Brazil to Burma, Italy to India, South Africa to Switzerland, Ghana to Germany, and with poems submitted from 33 US states, 5 Indian states, 4 Canadian provinces, and from throughout the UK.
We have continued the policy of having a panel of 3 judges, an internationally recognised poet, a broadcaster with experience of judging literary awards, and an expert in medical science or practice. Unusually for poetry awards, [or for refereeing medical articles], judging is anonymous.
This year, the Hippocrates Award winners will be announced by judges, Marilyn Hacker, Martha Kearney and Professor Rod Flower, FRS, at an Awards Symposium at the Wellcome Collection rooms in London, Sat 12th May at the end of a one day 3rd International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.
The competition was honoured by The Times Higher Education Awards, receiving the 2011 award for ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’.
The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine is a major supporter of the 2012 Hippocrates Awards, which are also supported by the Cardiovascular Research Trust.