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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

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

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Red Dress on the Hill by Olivia Priddis (First Prize)

Ash, flames and blood swelter around 
Not a speck of green on the ground.
The sky turns red which causes great stress 
As Mother Nature makes a mess 
While the hillside is covered in her red dress. 
The red dress has now spread around 
Terrorizing all of the towns 
Completed with some black lace 
Covering all the vulnerable space
For nothing is safe from that destructive gown 
Now we are all fleeing, packed with worry 
But Mother Land is not sorry
Suitcases are full, tears grow 
As we leave behind our triumphs and the woes 
Now the blazing orange fire behind us quickly grows 
Animals are crying, gasping for air 
As they quietly sob with despair 
Green and brown to black and red 
We are driving past them filled with dread 
No one speaks, we only stare, why has she done this, it’s not fair 
Behind me our house lies in a heap 
The first time I saw my father weep. 
Mother gasps in agony at the sight 
As she shields her eyes from the blinding light. 
Into dirt, black lace seeps, never out of sight 
The sirens suddenly become near 
While the pitch black lace shows no fear 
The fire has now reached its peak. 
Sandpaper throats, we can no longer speak. 
For Those constant screams will never disappear 
Been years now, our town has thrived 
Shocked of how we survived 
The memories are still so strong 
We shall always remember the iron will 
Of that petrifying, blazing red dress on the hill.

No Time for a Joy Flight by Portia Hoole (Second Prize)

Pa’s Tale by Anna Davidson (Third Prize)

Grandma’s Cupboard by Jade Martin (Highly Commended)

Sister Sister by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Delicately by Talia Bulstrode (Highly Commended)

The Queen of Demons by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

Rabbit Proof Fence (Ballad) by Hayley Victor (Highly Commended)

My Grandmother’s Masala by Soraiya Munshi (Highly Commended)

The Secret Life of a Clock by Rebecca Linton (Highly Commended)

The Education Of Lonely by Louis Langoulant (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years