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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Among the Crosses by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

They Belong by Emerson Hurley (Second Prize)

The Writer by Rebecca Batrouney (Third Prize)

Linger by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Good Morning by Imogen Maher (Highly Commended)

It seems as if,
This morning,
I have woken up
Without my legs.

And it seems as if,
This morning,
I have misplaced my arms.

It would seem this way because,
I cannot find my eyes,
To check
That I am still whole
On the outside.

From within,
I didn’t need eyes
To see,
To feel
Everything inside me slowly going dark,
Grinding to a halt,
Falling apart,
Into small-minded pieces,
Disintegrating in my consciousness,
Decomposing throughout my being.
So that when
Hands with an alien skin,
Coaxed thread through the eye
Of a needle,
So smoothly,
On the first try,
I looked on.

And when
They pierced my flesh,
And pulled,
Until the end of my lips,
Sealed with a knot,
It hurt.
But I did not mind.

And I can only assume,
That while l slept,
A barren dreamless sleep.
I can only assume,
That in the same fashion,
That the thread was coerced,
My eyes drifted,
Willingly out of the craters in my skull,
Up into the nails and down into the palm,
Of something else.
Because,
l didn’t need them anymore.

My eyes to reach vague voids.
My mouth to choke meaningless rasps.
My legs to wander through paralysis.
My heart to pump dust into my veins.
My arms to raise aloft the lifeless lungs slumped on the floor.
That do not belong to me anymore.

Because this morning,
It would seem,
I have woken up,
To the gentle kiss
Of death itself.

Infinity by Hannah Vesey (Highly Commended)

The Daughter of the Moon by Grace Nakamura (Highly Commended)

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years