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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

Staring at the Ceiling by Ingrid Brett (First Prize)

Aphelion by Ella Fox-Martens (Second Prize)

I could find- on most good days-
the cosmos mapped across your body.
In the whorls of your fingerprints
lay miniature galaxies; my touch
coaxed the quiet creases of your palms 
into fading tails of comets. I
configured your freckles
into constellations:
there lay andromeda chained 
across your spine, orion shooting at 
the slope of your neck,
cassiopeia waiting silently
at the tender rise of your knee.

The soft indents where clothes
pressed into your skin became
planetary rings. Your scars were 
muted collision courses of asteroids, 
collarbones marking the bounds of the 
known skies, the slip 
into deep space. 
Sunlight broke between your vertebrae 
and the moon 
haunted the gaps in your teeth.
When you smiled, I 
saw stars.

I have long since forgotten what it was like 
to love you
so fiercely that your flaws 
became celestial bodies;
a cartography born of willful
blindness.
I am not sure if I want to remember. 
The universe is too much to be captured 
by the prisons of our bodies, to be contained
by our cells,
held by our blood.

In any case, you have left.
The night sky is once again
a mystery.

(An Ode to Guilt) by Melanie Johnson (Third Prize)

Where Do the Birds go? by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

Gone in a Day by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

Remorse by Jemma Payne (Highly Commended)

Together by Holly Dignan (Highly Commended)

Bookshelf City by Abigail Thomas (Highly Commended)

Forgotten Children by Freya Cox (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years