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New Zealander Maria Ji shortlisted for Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

With an awards fund of £5500 the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. The 2018 Hippocrates Prize is supported by medical charity the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

Entries for the 2018 Hippocrates prize were received from 37 countries and from 5 continents.

The judges – Carol Rumens from Bangor in North Wales, Peter Goldsworthy from Adelaide in Australia and Mark Doty from New York City have just agreed 4 shortlisted poets for the Health Professional Prize and a further 4 shortlisted poets for the Open Prize.

Competing for the Open Prize are Joanne Key from Crewe in England for Colony, Sarah Ann Leavesley from Droitwich in England for At breaking point, Aniqah Choudhri from Didsbury in  England for Repeat Prescriptions and Raphael Dagold from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan for Pharmacology.

In the running for the Health Professional Prize are Ashley Inez Garzaniti from Pontiac in the USA for Cranial Nerve Shadowbox, Stephen Harvey from Nashville in the USA for The Thirteenth Floor, Maria Ji from Onehunga in New Zealand for Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Patient and Emma Storr from Leeds in England for Six Week Check.

Commendations were also agreed for entrants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the USA – 19 in the Open category and 20 in the Health Professional Category

See more on the shortlisted and commended poets on the Hippocrates Poetry website.

The winners will be announced at the 2018 Hippocrates Awards ceremony at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago from 4pm on Friday 11th May when the Hippocrates Awards Anthology will be launched. There is also a reading at the Poetry Foundation by Mark Doty from 7pm on Thursday 10th May, an accompanying conference on poetry and medicine that morning and afternoon at Northwestern University in Chicago, and a workshop on poetry, medicine and art at Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday evening, 11th May.

Since it was launched in 2010, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 8000 entries from over 60 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and from Finland to Australasia.