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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)

Look up, my child,
the fireworks are booming
splendid against night,
bold against the moon,
golden in the black –
can you feel they are
alone?

Can you see, my child,
through a frosted window
and through the chill,
there sits by the thousandth lonely fireside,
on the thousandth lonely mantelpiece,
and thousandth lonely, weary shoulders
the question of our age –
“Who am I, where do I belong?”

Look, my child, at the city –
can you see the lonely people?
Can you see with the clarity that they do
that their only place is no place?

They are silver-lined clouds
that drift
and are beautiful
but drift in emptiness.
Can you see their dreams fall down
like raindrops
in isolation?

And do you know, my child,
when all is done,
which way they must turn:
to the brightness that is theirs
or the dullness that
is everybody else’s?

Look up, my child,
the fireworks are booming
bright among the stars –
but know
though the colours are bright,
the colours fade,
though the rockets are loud
the rockets fall,
but the stars shine always,
for they
belong.

The Writer by Rebecca Batrouney (Third Prize)

Linger by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Good Morning by Imogen Maher (Highly Commended)

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