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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

How to Write Poetry by Emerson Hurley (First Prize)

First Performance in Leningrad by Emerson Hurley (Second Prize)

Her Guitar by Brenda Tan (Third Prize)

We Do Not See the Moon by Maja Vasic (Highly Commended)

Echo and Narcissus, the B-Sides by Erika Strehler (Highly Commended)

A Yellow Envy by Brenda Tan (Highly Commended)

Dead Souls, Pt. III by Emerson Hurley (Highly Commended)

Tracing the looping scrawl
of his Cyrillic cursive
across the storm-grey landscape,

worrying at the silence
frozen two feet
beneath the earth, and

sinking so deep into solitude
that the days he spent
making fools of the foolish

became interludes
in his long conversation
with the sweep of the stars;

did he ever wonder
just what, exactly,
he was doing?

Even once, did he plumb
the depths of motivation,
seek purpose, meaning, the unanswerable


Or did he twist
his doubts up
in his moustache

and journey on, knowing
only the desperate necessity
of his task,

and the impossibility
of seeing it

Thinking these thoughts
it seems to me that
it was not incomplete,
after all;

that the old man said
what he

to say.

Crown of Thorns by Isabel Mitchell (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years