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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)

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)

A mother rides through the darkness of night
A child clasped in her arms so very tight
Her breaths come short and her face is white
Looking down at the child with eyes so bright
“Mother! Mother! Look and see!
Morrigan rides here beside me!”
“Hush, dear child, for we must flee,
Away from the places where evil roams free!”
“Come with me boy, follow me home,
I have treats so sweet, your mouth will foam
Come with me boy, follow me home,
Come with me now and you may play in the loam!”
“Mother! Mother! Can you not hear?
The words that Morrigan breathes in my ear?”
“Hush, dear child, we must disappear!
Do not make a sound, do not shed a tear”
“Come with me boy, you must be fair!
My daughters shall tend to you with sisterly care
They will feed you chocolates, and braid flowers into your hair
Come with me boy, for time cannot be spared!”
“Mother! Mother! Morrigan speaks!
She offers me sisters, she offers me treats!”
“Hush, dear child, or she will get what she seeks,
“Do not listen, dear child! Else courage, she defeats!”
They reach their destination and the child falls silent
The mother knows that they cannot be forever defiant 
Yet she sighs in relief, to be far from that tyrant
Away from the place of treachery and violence
But somewhere
In the darkness
Morrigan waits
Words on her lips
As she dreams of their fates
An army of demons
Stand by her side
Lusting for war
And things long denied
The demons roar
At horrors unseen
And Morrigan smiles
For she is their queen

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