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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Don’t Tell Me this will Pass by Eden Filbin-Yung (First Prize )

Last of the Peaks by Sara Chapman (Second Prize )

Letter from a School Desk by Jordan Howlett-Jones (Third Prize)

Bones by Annie Bond (Highly Commended )

Doing it Again by Kate Hudson-James (Highly Commended )

Are the thoughts inside my head really the thoughts inside my head?
Or are they just thoughts of things I’d like to think instead?
What a time to be alive, but what a time to be dead.
When a new era is beginning, another has to end.

And every era has its leader, good or bad or both.
And while all humans have a conscience, only some are bound by oath.
So let’s have a party. I’ll provide the toast.
To celebrate our new era, though of course I shouldn’t boast,

Because

When a new era is beginning another has to end.
So goes around and around, and around and around again.
But we’re too busy rushing into the future, to notice what we leave behind.
A city of fire, fuelled by the ruling of a liar.
But hey, politics, position versus power, right?

Trees grow to produce seeds, and seeds grow to produce trees.

We eat the fruit and then cut the tree down.
We sign a document and start a war.
Fight, kill, fight, kill.
Until we don’t even remember what we’re fighting and dying for.

Now we’ve ended that new era, like we always knew we would.
New becomes old, old becomes older, history repeats itself over and over.

And

Revenge is only sweet until you take it.
Peace is only peaceful if you make it.
Tears are tears even if you fake it.
A rule isn’t made just for us to break it.

When this new era begins, and the old era ends,
I for one, won’t be surprised.

After all, we’re just doing it again

Shackled by Brodie Abraham (Highly Commended )

Divorce by Leora Adler (Highly Commended )

Winter by Charlotte Drynan (Highly Commended )

2016 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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years