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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

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

Fill the Hole with a Bird by Zoe McDonald (First Prize)

Trouble by Cara Roux (Second Prize)

I Do by Freya Cox (Third Prize)

Illuminated by Sarah Martin (Highly Commended)

A Place by Rebecca Wang (Highly Commended)

11 Years a Punching Bag by Leon Miller (Highly Commended)

Beaten until I bled
Slapped until I was red
11 years a punching bag
And treated like a dirty rag
Yelled at like I was nothing
She said she’d hit me… she wasn’t bluffing
I felt safe when I was asleep
But the safety I couldn’t keep
I woke scared everyday
Cried myself to sleep at night
Wanted to defend myself, but I couldn’t fight
Too small, too weak
Your heart was bleak
You weren’t a mother or a carer
Every week there was terror
You were a monster
I was only ever a punching bag
You “looked after kids” but there was no need to brag
Revenge is for the weak, so I guess I’m weak
I felt menacing when I left you
Just like you did when you hit me too
You even got everyone else into it
I was the odd one out
You even lied about my mother and how she didn’t love me
Truthfully, there was only one thing you couldn’t see
All the pain you had caused
My mother wanted me safe, but there was no safety
I would cry for help, but no one heard me
As your fist flew through the air, tears rolled down my face
All the cuts you’ve given me, leaving a trace
You never understood what we felt
But I would like to thank you
Because, without you there are a lot of things I couldn’t do
Thanks for treating me like a dirty rag
11 years a punching bag.

Forgive me, Time (Thy Rhythmic God) by Chiara Folland (Highly Commended)

Reaping by Emma Crisp (Highly Commended)

I Don’t Care by Julina Frame (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years