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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)

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

Most will think of bees,
as short tempered, wicked beasts.
They’ll mimic their harsh buzzing,
with words that maliciously sting,
but there are few who can admire
their determination that does not tire.

Most will think of snakes,
as ruthless, callous, invertebrates.
They’ll imitate their cruel hiss,
but not all will amiss,
its talent to shed, past skins
and transform from within.

Most will think of spiders,
as fearful, creepy liars.
They’ll duplicate their poisonous bite,
with insults that are quick to excite,
but few will marvel at its ability,
to design a web of such ingenuity.

Most will think of hyenas,
as thieving, low-life scavengers.
They’ll replicate their greedy drools,
by stooping to the level of fools,
but only few can listen with favour,
to their unceasing, and joyous laughter.

Most will look up into the darkness of the night,
and will be consumed solely by fright.
They’ll see only the dark footsteps they follow,
and will thus be doomed to the gallows
but few will look up into the night sky with eyes tender,
to the sparkle of stars that dance with splendour.

And these few who do see the light amidst the darkness,
and discover the beauty within the beast,
will become the very stars that they witness,
and will find, amongst a raging storm, the island of peace.

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