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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

No Time for Skipping Stones by Christine Collier (First Prize)

Children in Kansas Know What to Do by Siobhan Deacon (Second Prize)

Red Sky in the Morning by Serena Green (Third Prize)

A Forgotten Persia by Emily Byrne (Highly Commended)

Verlang by Reinette Roux (Highly Commended)

Warmth by Rosaleen Cooney (Highly Commended)

Descendant by Samantha Brenz-Verca (Highly Commended)

When the jacarandas flowered purple,
My grandmother would come to visit.
She would sit in the sun, filling in the
Crosswords;
my scrawny limbs settled in her lap.

Absently, she would draw cats in the
margins
of the newspaper,
she said ‘to keep me interested ‘ and to stop me
fidgeting and squirming and disturbing and distracting.
But for me, the cats were
an afterthought;
I didn’t need a pretty picture to keep me focussed.
Those Crosswords and my grandmother kept me endlessly
engrossed sometimes until the stars came out to try to hug the sun.

At school, kids obediently filled in sheets,
practiced their spelling words and solved
basic math problems; learned the parts of
flowers, and Earth, geometry, human body;
and ate white sandwiches from paper bags.

I, on the other hand,
would sit on a cushion by the window:
perhaps reading books from the Year 7 shelves;
maybe planning my latest story;
sometimes dreaming about how snails decorated the insides of their shells.
And at lunch I ate leftover mushroom risotto, or chili con carne;
and I played cricket with the big kids, and soccer with the boys, and taught little girls hopscotch;
but I always did what I was told,
and I was taught to fit into the box.

Wild runaway rosebush minds were snipped
into neat green hedges, are manicured into
obedience and will be lined up in precise
order. We’ll be compressed into squares to
check the boxes, with their curt corners and
shards of brick that stick in my throat at night

I always wanted to drink the air and taste the smells far away fom that box
I yearned to bleed into paper in a beautiful mess,
like a watercolour painting that
drips
and says so much; but still
allows me to think for
myself.

Design by Joshua Murray (Highly Commended)

Black Coffee for Breakfast? by Ellie Burton (Highly Commended)

Shades of Red, White and Grey by Sean Adcock (Highly Commended)

Express Yourself by Hania Syed (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years