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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)

Think before feeling.
Come to questions only
when you have their answers
securely in your grasp.
Touch pen to paper
always with trepidation.
Fear the critics. Accept
nothing but perfection.
And you will produce poetry
fit only to be studied.
No mark of you will
be left. As though your
poetry were an act
of suicide. Write
ecstatically. Seek out suffering
and find joy in it.
Descend into thirty-six hours’
sleepless purgatory
and awaken to dreams
dreamed in all
dimensions. Write letters
to your congressman
asking him how
his days go by. Write
letters to strangers
telling them what
must be done.
Unmake yourself.
This is the only way
to slip piece by
piece through the keyhole
of a meter. Breaking
your heart as often
as possible will help
with this. Have an
affair. Try it. Write
exclusively for children.
Literacy declines
with age. Love
your reader violently. Hate
your reader with
ecumenical passion.
Love the fool
foolish to love his
fate. Write it
all down. Ignore all
advice. Including this.

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)

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