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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Golden Reign by Kelly Millar (First Prize)

Tell Me Wellies by Marie McMillan (Second Prize)

Fernvale Road Ghosts by Vanessa Page (Third Prize)

His was a romance with the railway.

He was a familiar outpost,
sometimes monumental, drinking
with a rhythm on the top step,
increments from nightfall
his children, blurring the paddock,
figurines with jam-sticky mouths
and depths of bird’s nest hair.

Hers was an existence of measures.

She was an avalanche of hands,
sometimes, a semblance of a living thing
hovering on the edge of winter
rising up on occasion
like a giant, pancake moon
fierce and bewildering,
the boxed-up parts of her, still luminous.

Between months,
she arranged his artefacts on abattoir hooks
homecomings shuddering
along carefully laid containment lines
the nights swelling with his presence
making corners in the air
in a hand-me-down house thick with sleep.

They both knew every turn of this valley.

Swathes of iron-bark and rosewood
cleared by those before them,
farm-country shaken out in its place
in picnic-blanket squares
springtime lambs tripping over
brand-new limbs,
slips of things, wanting their mothers,
life cycles rolling on and through
in an intimate exhaustion.

They grew smaller.

Shrunk down to the size of a photograph,
as the suburbs advanced,
a farmhouse crouched on the plain
echoes of distance, stretching
from room to room to room.

From the edge of the valley,
the household’s linen pegged out
for all to see – the white-brilliance
of makeshift prayer flags
flapping out the same tired coordinates.

Muvvers Instruchins f'r Washin' by Ingrid Mason (Highly Commended)

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years