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2013 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

The Elixir by Damen O'Brien ()

Gerard Roberts contemplates this batch:
twining in the urgent panic of damp straw;
climbing over each other with pink, neat feet,
and wonders about omniscience and of God.
These mice got the fifth strain of immortality:
20 years old, and counting, but,
well, there were errors setting in: miscalculations
trapped in the blood stream; clots and baldness.
He’s not sure which are the food stealers;
which are the biters or nippers; which are
small bullies of the steel kingdom,
and that is, he supposes, where he
and that other great man with the beard differ;
morality is not in the Protocol.
Next year, the Company will progress to human trials-
pulled by the cold tide of desperation and
the other cold temptation, which is money.
He can imagine the queue now:
climbing over each other; twining in their urgent panic,
and they’ll all get it, whether they are nippers or biters;
whether or not they are large bullies of the stone kingdom,
if they can pay.
George Roberts terminates this strain and makes a notation
He turns off the light on his way out.

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years