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2014 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

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

Wholly in the Deep by Kate Wilson (First Prize)

When I was three I almost drowned
Because I walked into the dark

I wore my twin brother’s tutu
And my white captains hat

I thought I could be everything

My mother saw only the little white sailboat floating
Crumpled in the middle (it was never fit for the seas)

And the arrows in the night’s reflection
The stars chinks that winked in the changing motion

Of the shallows and the deeps

She ran out in her pretty dress and her chiaroscuro eyes
The ones she only wore when her parents were around

Gathered me up in arms like God
And kissed my fingers under the Moreton Bay Figs, (breathe in, breathe out)

My eyes, a reflection of hers, with a shard of river water and a fragment of night in their fullness

My father used to tell the story
Called me his water baby, his fearless warrior

But I told my mother that we had the eyes of the depths
While he had the eyes of the blue and he didn’t know

But her arms became more like empty hands than holy

When I was three I almost drowned
Because I walked into the depths like it was where I belonged

I wore my eyes full and encompassed the deep like a father
Held a map in my hand and picture of my mother in the other

Because she taught me I could be everything, deeply and wholly

Return to Jerusalem by Joshua Dunne (Second Prize)

Dear Ma by Gabriella De Oliveira (Third Prize)

Indigo Shadows by Tessa Campisi (Highly Commended)

Across the Seas by Tessa Campisi (Highly Commended)

A Trojan Elegy by Joshua Dunne (Highly Commended)

Verging upon Virgil by Emma Hartley (Highly Commended)

Marri Yatarla by Meg Stroud (Highly Commended)

Fruit Bats at Lockyer Crescent by Serena Green (Highly Commended)

Junk Dragon by Luka Zubcic (Highly Commended)

Little Girls by Emily Eastwell (Highly Commended)

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years