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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)

metallic rain, grim-faced,
turns within itself for you
are its child – born in the night,
lingering in cesspools of 
regret and fermenting sorrow
you cradle the frostbitten stump
held up your sleeve;
damn the blank stare
of wet bitumen 
under your bare feet

its 4 am 
or something like that
and a mouthful of car fumes
shifts above the dead bird
under the power lines–
you can feel its missing heartbeat
under your nails,
it’s where he used to live;
the stiff-winged hello
of a road-casualty in the rain
climbs, for a moment, into the 
limbo where the torn carcass 
of what was rots silently

you don’t know why you are here,
by where you spent summers
wholly entangled,
your wet shirt
feels like fingers up your skin
to a quiet place between your eyes
he used to kiss–
the street lights feel less
severe when you close your eyes
and try to pretend it’s dark
and there’s the bird 
only less dead

and from the obtrusive grin
of purple flowers by his back fence
you swallow the glimpse of life
shuddering behind the curtain;
under the rising grin of the moon,
too late, you feel yourself bleed
between his fingers once more,
alone yet still whole,
the alternative more frightening – 
to be fully engulfed,
to watch yourself fade 
like sheets left in the sun too long

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)

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