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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Beat Highway by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

Sparks by Jena Woodroffe (Second Place)

Marco and Me by Emerson Hurley (Third Place)

Sp( )ces by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

The first thing you could remember 
was
absence.
It absorbed you,
softly in each corner of your mind,
the knowledge of
something
(that, once, you’d
had)
(you thought and did not realise)
that, now, you had 
lost.
So complete it has been!
That vision,
that
(artificial)
truth,
those brushstrokes
guided by reality,
definitive,
that hung in the background
(upon which everything
was built),
mutely.
(speaking in your ear)
You scarcely noticed when 
the cracks appeared,
shot through
(your entire being)
the backdrop –
until,
suddenly,
you did.
You saw –
(that they’d been)
no reason at all.
(there all along)
And betrayal spun around you
like dust,
or ashes.
The mangled, misted photographs
(faded)
stared daggers
when you didn’t watch them.
The ticking of the clock
slow and steady gunshots 
from behind.
(Kill off the underlings of memory
one by one)
(Keep the culprit for 
comfort)
You breathed a sigh
and 
(without thinking
or even feeling)
put back with relief
what had been
(a piece that was once
so certain
was)
removed. 
(and could not,
despite the subterranean efforts,
be restored)

Continuous Places by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

The Spoken Unspoken by Heidi Leeman (Highly Commended)

Magnetic Aesthetic by Te Aroha Manuel (Highly Commended)

*No Title* by Hayden Bradford (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years