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

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

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

No Time for Skipping Stones by Christine Collier (First Prize)

We would look through astrolabes on warm nights,
after the night sky would remove its makeup,
and let all its blemished skin appear and show off
the scars once hidden by the blinding sun.
And twist the hands as though by luck or chance
we would manoeuvre the device,
so everything would be clear and straightforward
and the guessing could come to a stop.
Then our eyes would shine from the knowing tears,
that no longer must we look at the exploding balls of gas
in space to find the shattered pieces that put together
our lost souls and tomorrow would be just that which it always is
We would sleep deeply and dream of nothing
with doonas beneath us leaving our flesh to shiver
and never remember being happier.
When we no longer search for something better
or fear for something invisible that could take away so much.
And the blemishes on our skins would mean nothing,
the tattoo of age would leave its inky mark.
Continents would continue to move apart
and it wouldn’t matter a single bit because
we aren’t looking for a better place with a brighter sun
or whiter shores to feel through our callused thumbs
and there would be no need to leave footprints in the sand
as we know they will be washed away anyway and the universe
takes no prisoners of war. We are and we aren’t and that’s it.
Giving up didn’t mean to surrender but it did
liberate us from the endless search for stars
and answers which we never found or needed.
And the silhouettes of our new lives were finally shaded in,
and painted outside the lines.

Children in Kansas Know What to Do by Siobhan Deacon (Second Prize)

Red Sky in the Morning by Serena Green (Third Prize)

A Forgotten Persia by Emily Byrne (Highly Commended)

Verlang by Reinette Roux (Highly Commended)

Warmth by Rosaleen Cooney (Highly Commended)

Descendant by Samantha Brenz-Verca (Highly Commended)

Design by Joshua Murray (Highly Commended)

Black Coffee for Breakfast? by Ellie Burton (Highly Commended)

Shades of Red, White and Grey by Sean Adcock (Highly Commended)

Express Yourself by Hania Syed (Highly Commended)

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