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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

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Evangeline by Grace Nakamura (First Prize)

Open Grave by Isabella Sheehan (Second Prize)

The Bushfire Brumbies by Eva Marsh (Third Prize)

The Ode of a Ghost by Erin Burge (Highly Commended)

War by Isabella Sheehan (Highly Commended)

Then Night by Munashe Mutambi (Highly Commended)

I Pick Up the Stick by Eddie Newman (Highly Commended)

The Book of Forgotten Words by Samantha George (Highly Commended)

Dog Bath Blues by Peta Vanlieshout (Highly Commended)

Time for a bath!” My mum and dad yelled
For muck, slime and grime was all that we smelled.
We entered the yard where the dog lay asleep
When I stood on a chew toy, he woke and began to leap.
I grabbed the shampoo and a bucket of water
He ran back and forth, I swear he yelled “Slaughter!”.
He jumped and he yelped, he kicked and he nipped
When he came charging at me, my heart nearly flipped.
I stepped out of the way as he ran head on at me
Following him out, things jabbed at my knee.
Reaching the grass he was no-where to be found
When suddenly, on my back, I felt a very heavy mound.
I landed face first in the dry, stale grass
My head had just missed a small shard of glass.
I spat out some dirt and started to run
I’II have to admit, this is kind of fun.
I had tried everything to get him to stay
Ready to give up, I walked away.
The dog somehow followed me, not making a sound
Grabbing the chain, I turned swiftly around.
Chaining him up, I grabbed the water
When out of the door, came my mum’s step-daughter.
‘What are you doing?” She asked, “Can I try it too?”
I said “Sure you can help me!” I gave her the shampoo.
Soaking him in water and smothering him in Shampoo
We scrubbed and we scrubbed til’ he smelt brand new.
Stepping away, he shook of his fur
‘Must’ve liked it’ I thought as he began to stir.
Walking inside, we were both soaking wet
When my mum and dad yelled “Time to bathe Odette!”

Horses by Emma-Jane Emms (Highly Commended)

Jelly by Emma-Jane Emms (Highly Commended)

Hey Echidna by Harmony Schloss (Highly Commended)

Soup by Emma-Jane Emms (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years