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2013 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

The Wolf Understood by Emma Hartley (First Prize)

And It's Alice by Emma Hartley (Second Prize)

The River by Tamara Livingstone (Third Prize)

Women of Arachne by Emma Hartley (Highly Commended)

Suburban Storm by Rosie McCrossin (Highly Commended)

The storm is an illusionist 
Spying from behind the housing estate
At the gentle glow of suburbia
It smiles
Raising an aubergine eyebrow
At its unsuspecting audience
Time to put on a show

First come the clouds
Dark and thick
Heavy bodies undulating across
The royal blue-black sky
Then a soft sprinkling of rain
And thin breezes 
Which cut through the thick air
Like cheese wire
It is drugging the audience
Waiting
For the curtains to open

And it begins
Streaking silver slices through the languid clouds
Blinding the spectators
And the freezing rain
Which falls in swollen drops
On the tin rooves
The deep snarls of thunder
Which seem to sync with the sleeping suburbia’s heartbeats
And the thin insidious winds
Which infiltrate deep into bone
The illusionist scrapes at every sense
With sharpened fingernails

And then with a quick swoosh of its fingers
It departs
Followed by its cumulus assistants
Leaving a layer of thin fog
Which hovers above the still warm bitumen
Puddles and broken twigs in its wake
Like merchandise in the foyer of the show
Come and see the great illusionist
Be shocked
Be astonished
Be stunned
By the great magician – the suburban storm

Snail by Elena Bonetto (Highly Commended)

Time by Shayla Parsons (Highly Commended)

Tents and Campfires by Miriam Waldron (Highly Commended)

Untitled by Stevie Tucker (Highly Commended)

Things by Paige Spence (Highly Commended)

School Lessons by Arrabella Armstrong (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years