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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)

Snail by Elena Bonetto (Highly Commended)

Time by Shayla Parsons (Highly Commended)

Tents and Campfires by Miriam Waldron (Highly Commended)


I’ve always taught my children
To do what is asked, to follow orders
But here and now, in my position
It does not seem so easy anymore
“You are herewith ordered” it says
How can ink and paper be so frightening?

I am leaving my daughter and my son
They ask if there will be tents and campfires
Remembering holidays in the mountains
I pick up my case and put on my hat
“Yes. Tents and campfires”

Submission has to count for something
My wife, my children,
Am I to leave them so suddenly 
Like a thief in the night?
“Failing this notice, you will be punished with Security Police Measures” 
I must go. They must be safe.


There was always music
Playing in the background, softening the silence
There was always a hum 
My father loved music
He nearly cried when our radio broke
All gone now.

The silence is harsh and cutting
Forcing us to reminisce
I try to fill in the gaps
The spaces between mindless chatter
But speech is a well
And it is running dry

I have no plans
My mother is a lost child
Desperately searching, but never finding
After three years, looking for a needle in the haystack

Reality is cruel

There are no tents and campfires where he is

Only graves and gas.

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