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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)

They say you drive men mad,
silent siren in the sky.

They say you make them beasts:
you pull hairs through their skin
and claws from their fingertips you pull
teeth from their meaty, red gums, pull them,
pull men, like you pull the ocean tides.

Virgin Diana, they call you coquette,
they call you flirt and they call you tease.
You drive them mad: pale body
writhing in the night sky, waxing curves
now bared, now cloaked in misty cloud.

Goddess, you have a heart of rock
Goddess, you have no heart:
You orbit the earth, you never touch,
you madden men with lust.

Chaste Moon, you have a heart of rock,
and blood and skin and flesh.
A heart of rock? You are a rock,
unliving and plain and beige. We see
you shine ruddy and wanton and warm –
you only reflect the light of the sun.
We mis-see you, ruddy and sex-filled
and breathing: we see our maddened selves.

They say you drive men mad, O Moon.
O Moon, men drive themselves.

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