The Hippocrates Initiative has launched the Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets for an unpublished poem of up to 50 lines (excluding the title) in English on a medical theme.
Entrants may be young poets from anywhere in the world who must be aged 14 to 18 years on the closing date for entries - midnight GMT 1st March, 2013.
The first prize is GBP 500 for the winning young poets, with a further 10 awards of commendation for the most highly rated entries.
The Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets will be judged by English poet and playwright Clare Pollard.
Clare Pollard said: “Having my poetry published when I was sixteen altered my life. It made me believe I could actually be a writer, and vow to work as hard as I could to make it happen.
“The great thing about poetry is that age doesn't matter. It's hard as a teenager to find the time and stamina to write a perfect novel, but you can write three perfect verses. If you put down the things you really want to say about our world, in your own voice, you will have written a powerful poem.”
Born in 1978 and raised in Bolton, she read English at Cambridge University. She published her first collection, The Heavy-Petting Zoo, with Bloodaxe in 1998 aged 19.
Awards will be announced on Saturday 18th May, 2013 at the end of the 4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, at the Wellcome Collection Rooms, Euston Road, London.
The inaugural Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets is supported by the UK medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and the UK National Association of Writers in Education.
Further information on the Hippocrates Prize for Young Poets will be announced shortly.