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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)

The hole-shaped heart
that lives in my pericardium
beats only to the sound of
static tapes and fond scents
that take me back
to that day
when I handed that stranger my fate.

I am so far away from it,
much closer to an ocean of lost and bitter.
The crash and cool of rocks I now call home
as you left me here to climb alone,
sweep away the clouded mess
to which I now must bid adieu
and shake off the dirt within my bones.

I sigh:

We’re all just sacks of dreams and desires.
No one more godly than the other.
But to know how to slip the potion
of your own inner wildfires
into someone else’s skin.
Is what makes him
trouble to be with.

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)

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