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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

An Ethical Irony by Michael Swift (Equal First Prize)

The Mansion That Time Forgot by Equal First Prize (Grace Longhi)

Technology Nation by Emma Chambers (Second Prize)

The Tanami by Rafaela Southon (Third Prize)

The Door on The 3rd Floor by Gabriella Gigliotti (Highly Commended)

If Only You Knew by Disha Raval (Highly Commended)

Sometimes, life gets tough, you know?
When waking up becomes less of a part of your daily routine,
And more of a chore, you know?
The whole, home to office, 9 to 5, and back home
Life becomes an ongoing treadmill, and there’s no stopping anytime soon.
When you choose the constant struggle,
Behind a desk, on a chair,
Instead of doing what you truly desire,
It’s all bound to happen,
When you decide that it’s success, over happiness, you know?

You expected success to bring happiness
Well, that’s not always the case,
Let’s just say that life is full of disappointments.
Maybe it was less about the balance in your bank account,
And more about satisfaction in the blessings you count,
Maybe, happiness is the biggest success,
There is a difference, you know?

Sometimes, you lose trust, you know?
Heartache, after heartache, after heartache,
Every day is an internal earthquake,
Every breath you take,
Is another heartbreak,
It’s a never-ending cycle of pain, you know?
When a simple expectation
Unfulfilled,
Leaves you with nothing but empty promises
And a void within you,
You can’t really help but question,
Who you can really call your own, you know?

In the end, you’re left all alone,
In the middle of a field of built up walls,
And a hollow well within you,
Not obsessed with being empty,
Just afraid of being full.
Because once trust is gone, it may never come back
Once broken, it may never be mended,
Trust is really something priceless, you know?

Sometimes you just lose hope, you know?
When every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day
You become more and more sure
That you have no one,
That the owl who sits on the tree branch
Outside your bedroom window,
Is really the only one making sure that
You aren’t at the mercy of a blade in your right hand,
Piercing through the veins in your left.

Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going, you know?
When it feels as though the depths of the ocean
And every cloud in the sky above
Is pulling you towards them;
They push and pull in both directions,
When all you want to do is swim freely.
Instead, you get pushed and pulled and thrown all over
Loops and loops and loops
Of compromisation, frustration, digression, rejection, depression
Sometimes, it just gets to you, you know?

Sometimes, you just lose faith, you know?
It feels as though every prayer sent to the heavens above
Was a redirected call,
Every penny flung into a wishing well
Was a desperate plea, so heartlessly ignored
Every night, spent wide awake
Hoping there is light at the end if this never-ending tunnel
Was a night wasted in tears
With layers and layers of skin
Covering scar after scar,
All of this, while trying to figure out who you really are.

Sometimes, you just lose your smile.
You just lose yourself, you know?

Sea Change by Hannah Barrie (Highly Commended)

Surfing on Waikiki Beach by Alexandra Willcock (Highly Commended)

Humanty by Harmony-tree Hansen (Highly Commended)

The Broken-Hearted by Mysheka Field (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years