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Congratulations to the winners of the Quantum Words 2018 Science Poetry Competition. Helen Thurloe won first prize, Lorne Johnson won second prize, and Eileen Chong was highly commended.


The Quantum Words 2018 Science Poetry Competition was run by Writing NSW in partnership with Australian Poetry, and judged by Jane McCredie, Trisha Dearborn and Benjamin Dodds. The poems took many forms, from rhyming couplets to free verse to concrete poems. They also covered a wide range of subject matter, from global warming to epithelial cells, from children’s explorations of the way the world works to the phenomenon of zoonosis.

The winners were announced at Quantum Words on Saturday 3 November. Congratulations to Helen Thurloe, Lorne Johnson and Eileen Chong.

First Prize – ‘Venn diagram’ by Helen Thurloe

Second Prize — ‘On searching for night parrots in western NSW’ by Lorne Johnson

Highly Commended — ‘The numbers game’ by Eileen Chong

To read all the poems, as well as the other shortlisted entries, click here: Quantum Words Poetry Shortlist.


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