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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

Kestrel by Brynnie Angharad Rafe (First Prize)

Light by Alissa Nowak (Second Place)

An Open Letter to God by Grace Vipen (Third Place)

I am not Woman
You will not hear me roar
I have galaxies growing inside me
I am a universe
I’m heading straight towards the storm 
Karma is coming for you
With a baseball bat

I am not a damsel in distress
You will not hear me weep
I am the untold story of Andromeda damned
My name translates as ‘ruler of man’
The monster I am to meet is an old friend 
This wretched world, these endless dead ends
I am guilty of sin, guilty of seven
Don’t you dare send me to Heaven
Karma is coming for you 
With a baseball bat

I am not weak
You will not hear me moan
The Gods have spoken to me
“This is your destiny, Joan”
The flames will come for both you and me 
Wailing banshee, 600 degrees
I’ll let them lick my velvet bones
Please tell the wolves I’m coming home
Mother, Maiden, Crone
Haven’t you been told?
The Garden of Eden is overgrown
Karma is coming for you 
With a baseball bat

I am not lonely
A thousand ancestors are on my side
Salem held many dear to me
Virginia Woolf whispers words to me at night
The Amazonians wrap my knuckles
My bosom is that from which this cosmos suckles
This is a witch hunt
The hunters are witches
I don’t need a nurse to pull out my stitches;
They’re inside me
Karma is coming for you 
With a baseball bat 

I am not Woman
I am Womyn 
I am Eve
I will burn down your cathedrals 
I need you to leave
I want wreckage 
Burnt earth 
Broken glass
Debate my own existence with others 
I need no tribe, I need no mother
Watch me take that baseball bat
Call me karma, rule of threes
Seven seas, I’ll bring you to your knees
I speak in tongues, my grin made for war
You will not doubt me anymore
I’ll summon wolves, I’ll slash your tyres
Background soundtrack of a gospel choir
Ecclesiastical attire
Sexual desire
Daughter of Abraham,
You’re a lamb, you’re a lamb, you’re a lamb
Karma is not coming for you
With a baseball bat;

I am

Our Brave Boys by William Mellor (Highly Commended)

My Wish for You by Alexandria Walker (Highly Commended)

Orthodoxy is Unconsciousness by Vanessa Eagles (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years