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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)

You went to sleep and didn’t wake up
so sometimes I wonder if that means 
you thought that you would, 
like you always meant to,
but it just slipped your mind that night. 
Your memory was always acting up. 

And what scares me the most is the ceiling,
because I can’t help but wonder if you knew
that it would be the last thing you ever saw,
and if you felt cheated by it, or disappointed. 
And I wonder if you hated it, 
or if you fought against it, 
or if you were just tired. 
Maybe you were just afraid. 
I would’ve been. 

I hope you were finished. 
More than anything, I hope you were done
and ready to move on, all your things packed,
all your memories stowed, all your energy spent; 
I hope you finished thinking every journey
and weren’t stuck dying halfway through 
the most exciting part of your dream. 
I hope you finished every thought,
and that you didn’t die in the middle of a

Aphelion by Ella Fox-Martens (Second Prize)

(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