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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 )

Shackled by Brodie Abraham (Highly Commended )

Chained to the earth, that is holding you down.
You are so slight,
Yet your plans are so immense.

Once you separate yourself from the earth,
The chains stay,
A reminder of who you have been.
And when you can almost taste the sweetness of freedom,
A mountain arises.

The mountain is so huge that no giant could climb it,
Yet you,
Merely an ant, so easily blown away in the wind,
Begin the ascent.

There’s always darkness,
There are rivers of ice,
Yet the ant pushes through the biting weather,
And hauls into the night.

And just when you think your hardships are over,
Another obstacle emerges from the mist.

The maze takes years to complete.
Tiny ant, the walls tower higher than you can see!
Unable to break through these walls,
Or climb out of this mess,
There is no easy escape.

You walk the same path a hundred times,
But little ant, you never give up!
Your reward is the exit, but your glory is unseen,
Because the wall closes, and moves in to greet you.

A giant wall, forcing you backwards,
And you push with all your weight, tiny ant,
Yet nothing will stop it.
You begin your one way walk,
With the wall overshadowing your every move.
Yet you reach the end eventually,
You win! You beat the wall!

Your victory tastes sweet,
Like cold water on a hot dry day,
And you are empowered to keep walking,
Each step getting bigger,
Until you’re as big as the world!

You soar, little ant,
And no amount of stones thrown stop you,
But you get lazy, you forget who you are.
Your chains are long forgotten,
And you think nothing in this world can chain you again.

And that, little ant, is exactly what the earth expected.

You’re on the ground,
You need to work your way back up,
But it’s harder this time,
With more rivers without bridges,
More hills without tunnels.

Every unseen success makes you work harder,
And you clear the path crowded with boulders,
You fight every bear in the forest.

You climb higher!
Little ant, you’re almost there!
Up where the air is cleaner,
Up where birds sing!

And when you think you’ve made it, in this oh-so-big world,
You see the earth,
And your chain,
And you come tumbling down.

Because, little ant, your chains never left you.
And you give up, a squanderer of all your effort.

Little ant, your chains will never leave you,
Like your feet never left the dry earth,
Because sometimes when you start with nothing,
You don’t fly,
You can’t succeed.

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