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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)

When the spiteful sun reaches its peak on the hottest hour,
The dry wind riders mount their steed and they ascend to power.
Distant trotting of the bushfire brumbies on the cracked earth plains,
They are gathering momentum as the sun beats on their manes.
The stallion’s nostrils dilate with smoke; a sign of what’s to come
As he calls for reinforcements and they answer, one by one.

All residents evacuate as the brumbies gather speed,
Fresh fire from the sun as fuel is all the food these ponies need.
Their hooves kick up ash on baking plains with every single stride,
Helpless lizards burrow for the core, trying in vain to hide.
Bushfire brumbies halt, pawing the ground, awaiting direction,
Dry wind riders build again, not needing any protection.

Onwards and eastwards they travel, flames engulfing their fetlocks,
Trampling eucalypts and saplings, cunning as a feral fox,
The parched ground chokes as the hooves trample through; panic fills the air.
Fire fighters muster the brumbies, hoping in vain to ensnare,
Flightier than emus, stronger than gums, bolder than thunder,
Dry wind riders are never harnessed and avoid a blunder.

Onwards and eastwards, their tails streaming behind, fire at their hooves,
Cantering, a trail of flames as a scar, breaths held, nothing moves.
Free with the wind, out of control, like wedge-tail eagles they soar,
Smoke blinds all creatures, but the ponies see like never before.
Flightier than emus, stronger than gums, louder than thunder,
They run with wind, never give mercy, watch eucalypts sunder.

Surrounded at last with all exits covered, their end is nigh,
Fire brumbies are forced to surrender, no sun left in the sky.
Drowsy with defeat, they sink to the earth with their heavy hearts,
Blaze is drenched with water; puff of smoke, the stallion departs.
The dry wind riders have lost their strength and power with no steed,
Bushfire brumbies have left their scars, and the bush is left to bleed.

Amidst the carnage are banksia seedlings that the embers spilt,
From these seeds hope sprouts, then homes and lives are gradually rebuilt.
But on the hottest hour the dry wind riders again will call,
The brumbies will gather momentum; the fragile bush will fall,
Flightier than emus, stronger than gums, crueller than thunder.
They run with wind, never give mercy, their purpose is plunder.

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)

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