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2015 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

If Only the World was Black and White by Ashleigh Dowling (First Prize)

Thanatos and Elysium by Lewis Orr (Second Prize)

ACT I: The Road With Thanatos

Detached, dismal, odious, stark,
My candle now falters, floored by the dark. 
I sigh, wink it out, and turn it away,
My desolate gloom no soul need say.

I join a stream of myriad men,
Weak-faced, impersonal, cynic’s brethren,
None can comprehend my grim failed plight,
Of my heart and soul now cruelly alight.

I stumble, fall, and clutch a hand twixt my ribs,
Give a whimper that sounds like a wail from the crypts.
Rain pours down, torrential and gray,
I am lost in a turbid, emotional fray.

My heart torn asunder by pervasive mortar,
Sensitivity murdered before a blood altar.
And now all hope, inspiration seems dead,
I taste salt, somehow, from rain above head.

ACT II: Waters of Elysium

Aeolus’s watercourse runs through my hair,
And I smile, bearing teeth of white sheen and glare.
At last I find myself truly content,
I’m the king of the world, no sarcasm meant!

Alone, by myself, though it couldn’t be better,
I roar my name, crying every proud letter.
I start to run, sand pouring ‘tween toes,
For within my mind I have vanquished all foes.

Glimmering, opaque, and twinkling blue,
To my contented gods I bid no adieu.
My fingers run along Poseidon’s swift brow,
Along foamy surface my hands do plow.

At last I return, and solemn I should be.
But I’ll never forget, the closeness, the sea.
And now I await tomorrow’s broad morn,
That moment in time where my spirit’s reborn.

Thy Proclivities by Lewis Orr (Third Prize)

To End the Pain by Zoe Wing (Highly Commended)

Emptiness by Bronte Schmidt (Highly Commended)

If All the World were Water by Ella Watson-Paul (Highly Commended)

My Saxophone by Hannah Larsen (Highly Commended)

Nervous by Layla Williams (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years