And the winners, as judged by our 2018 judge Joel Deane, are...
First prize – Leon Shann Award Awarded to Brett Dionysius (Qld) “My Father on a Horse, Date Unknown” *Click HERE to read Brett's poem*
Second Prize Ross Gillett (VIC) “Paling Fence” *Click HERE to read Ross' poem*
Third prize Philip Neilson (Qld) “Genetics"
Martin Downey Urban Realist Award Rob Wallis (VIC) "The Hours Alone" *Click HERE to read Rob's poem*
Highly Commended Dean Gessie (Canada) “historylesson[sic]” Gayelene Carbis, (VIC) The Dead Sea Ross Gillett, (VIC) “Ascending from the Wreck”
Commended Damen O’Brien, (Qld) “Windward” Roger Higgins, (SA) “Facing the Sky” Andy Jackson, (VIC) “Aesthetic surgery” Cathy Altmann, (VIC) “Crochet & Crying” Rhonda Poholke (VIC) “Drought Lines” Brett Dionysius (Qld) “26th January -6th February 1788”
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