Commended for the Hippocrates Young Poet Award

A poem by Lara Wise (D) was Commended for the Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine Young Poet Award.

Launched in 2010, the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. 

Lara’s poem, “In Quarantine”, drew upon her experiences as a patient in hospitals and doctors’ waiting rooms when she was younger.

Entries for the 2018 Hippocrates Young Poet Award were received from Canada, England, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the USA. Toronto poet Alisha Kaplan shortlisted and commended eight young poets from the USA and the UK for the prize. As for other Hippocrates Poetry Awards, the poems judged for the Hippocrates Young Poet Award are anonymous. 

With a prize fund of £500 for the Young Poets Award and £5500 for winning poems in the Open and Health Professional categories, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. Since it was launched in 2010, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8000 entries from over 60 countries.

The 2018 Hippocrates Awards are organised by the Hippocrates Initiative in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School, with support from the Cardiovascular Research Trust. 

In 2017, a poem by Izzy Wythe (N) was shortlisted for the award.