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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

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

History Rewritten by Ella Fox-Martens (First Prize)

The Cry of an African Heart by Erica Emms (Second Place)

A Heart’s Desire by Dylan Burgess (Third Place)

We’re the youth of a burning fire, a heart’s desire
But inside’ our heart’s a liar
We’re the youth of a greener grass, a bigger ask
But we hide, behind a social mask
We’re the youth of a brighter day, a better way
But our emotions have died and feelings get locked away
So listen! I’m not gonna shoot-cha!
But you should know! You are the future!

Family… What’s it to you?
When there’s kids growing up
With no parents or food
And all you can do
Is stare down at ya phone
Liking statuses and messaging
People you don’t even know

But gee though! Your ego is so ugly though!
You don’t see though, you complain when we know
You don’t fit ya chinos ‘cause ya sit there
Eating ya burritos and Cheetos

Ayo l think, think
Just to be fair though
“Believe you can and
You’re halfway there” though!
Ya think ya hot as hell
Or as large as life
But you’re not so swell
You’re as cold as ice
Kick the bucket and you’ll
Cause a chain reaction
Ya friends will get depressed
And head towards suicidal action

Sniff Sniff! ‘til you’re so high you drop
Then share with your friends ‘cause ya think it’s hip-hop
Uh Oh look who’s come through!
Black boy sniffing fuel and young boy too!

Smart as a doctor
Sharp as a boxer
But who’s left? Are the rest pale as death?
And if they’re left, then who’s right?
The kids in the dark?
Or the kids in the light?
Is ya God white? Is ya God right?
Is ya faith tight? Who’s ya k/night?
The one in the sky – or the man who died?
Is ya life full of lies? Is it the reason you cry?
Is it a reason to die? Or a time to defy?

We’re the youth of a burning fire, a heart’s desire
But inside’ our heart’s a liar
We’re the youth of a greener grass, a bigger ask
But we hide, behind a social mask
We’re the youth of a brighter day, a better way
But our emotions have died and feelings get locked away
So listen! I’m not gonna shoot-cha!
But you should know! You are the future!

The Beauty within the Beast by Vegini Krishnamoorthy (Highly Commended)

Who Dies in the End? by Sara Suk-Udom (Highly Commended)

Old Man Winter by Emile Regano (Highly Commended)

The Race by Darcie Smith (Highly Commended)

Here We Stand Side by Side by Erica Emms (Highly Commended)

I Forgive You by Erica Emms (Highly Commended)

Yggdrasil by Simone Engele (Highly Commended)

The Lady Who Went for Afternoon Walks in High Heels by Emily Parker (Highly Commended)

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years