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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

Jacaranda Street by Damen O'Brien (First Prize)

Eight Embraces by Julie Lynch (Second Prize)

blue dog risks a pink’n’shear grin
swiping dew from the wallaby grass
in metre-long liquorice-strap
loll-tongued licks
while his master feasts on sunrise

pigeon homed in the red traffic light
– round the clock surveillance every three minutes –
tends her naked insatiable brood
vying riotously for her affections,
silhouetted scarlet lady

gnarled young man, his raspy limp,
resolutely pushes his mate
in a wheelchair, cumbrous, dated
across the hectic zebra stretch
as if creation were a blessing

speckled overalls, spotty shoes teeter on a tightrope
scramble down a paint spattered ladder
blissfully dance a spirited jig
shaking out bristled brushes like maracas
for a minute longer than is really necessary

petite prim princess, pippi longstocking plaits
arms stiff holding her book aloft
reads aloud proudly mr brown can moo
strutting ahead of her scarved, stooped grandmother
like the lead caroller on christmas eve

a murder of crows, coal feathered executioners
deftly cleave to the shine of steel,
sharp, dark umber eyes
plunder the bin for samples of evidence
like forensic police at a picnic

ten scuffed school shoes (not five pairs) 
haphazardry of brownish hues
dangling languidly from the power line
cluster in their self-made valley
like kigelia pinnata* fruit

vigorous bougainvillea commandeers the flagpole
flowers so deeply deep purple
you’ll hear smoke on the water
erupt from its foliage
whenever you rock or roll by

*South African sausage tree

Robowars at the "Swich" by Scott Thouard (Third Prize)

Bomb by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

Little Brisbane by Caitlin Prouatt (Highly Commended)

The Elixir by Damen O'Brien (Highly Commended)

Fishing by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

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

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years