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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 )

Everybody else has breath
I’m gasping, drowning on dry land
I’m tired, no matter how much I rest
I’d rather hide inside my cold nest
My thoughts are shaken
When my mind awakens
‘Miracle’ pill not working
Everything I am, is hurting
My brain and my heart are at war
There’s no way out, I lose once more
Trudging along, barely breathing
The smile on my face, deceiving
People can’t tell
I’m in my own Hell
And I don’t know if I’ll be leaving
“This will pass”.

The blood drips to the sink
The smell of my own red ink
The cold blade makes its mark
And I’m left alone in the dark
Muffled cries, never say their goodbyes
For it will be no different in the morning
Whimpers and welts
Are these the cards I’ve been dealt?
“This will pass”.

There are voices inside screaming
My ears, my hands, my face – just won’t stop bleeding
How can you not see it!
I’m eroding away, bit by bit
Sleeping, is my Safety Kit
In dreams, my thoughts bring no pain
My mind is free, to roam again
The nightmares that come to me in slumber
Have no power to pull me under
For I am already down
Buried alive, trapped under ground
“This will pass”.

You’re telling me there’s “A light at the end’?
Do you really think it’s that easy to mend?
Think that I can flick a switch?
I almost feel bewitched
Sometimes we win – sometimes we lose
But this is NOT a game
Nothing can take away this pain
The loss I have for something that never existed
Is stuck in my mind, completely twisted.

Why do I bother telling you?
What’s the point in writing this down?
I’m not some sort of performing clown
A smile from a total stranger
Can lead to light, away from danger
Instead of judgment and pointed fingers
Instead of gossip and stares that linger
I need you to understand
That sometimes we all need a helping hand.


Depression will strike, where Depression will
And left alone, Depression can kill.

So take the time to know me, please
See the person, not the disease.

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 )

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