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Hippocrates Prize
Wed 14 Nov 2012
NAWE is delighted to announce that it is becoming a partner in the Hippocrates initiative and will be sponsoring the first Hippocrates Prize for Schools.
This new award offers a prize of £500 for the best poem (in English) on a medical subject, no longer than 50 lines, by a schoolchild (anywhere in the world) in the age group 14 to 18. There will also be ten commendations. A medical subject may be anything from experience of illness, birth or death, to hospitals, ambulances and doctors’ surgeries, to the nature and history of medical instruments, processes, drugs, and much more. The field is vast. Poems may be entered individually or in batches by schools, and submission costs £2 per poem or £15 for a group of ten. The deadline is 31 January 2013 and the winner will receive his/her prize at an award ceremony at the annual international poetry and medicine symposium at the Wellcome Collection in London on 18 May 2013. Full details and rules, and the name of the schools competition judge, will be posted at the end of October on the Hippocrates initiative website.

The Hippocrates initiative was established in 2009 and already offers two successful annual poetry prizes, one open to submissions from anyone anywhere in the world, the other restricted to NHS employees (present and past) and UK health students. In each category a first prize of £5,000 is awarded. The Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from 44 countries, from the Americas to Fiji, from Finland to Australasia, and prizewinners have come from New Zealand and the US as well as the UK. Judges have included poets Gwyneth Lewis, Marilyn Hacker and Dannie Abse, journalists James Naughtie, Mark Lawson and Martha Kearney, and NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Professor Steve Field CBE, and Professor Rod Flower representing the medical profession. In 2011 the Hippocrates initiative received a Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Professor Donald Singer and poet Michael Hulse, of Warwick University, said: “We are delighted to welcome NAWE as the sponsor of the £500 Hippocrates Prize for Schools, and look forward to reading exciting work by a new generation of poets.”

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National Association of Writers in Education
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Paul Munden
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