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River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2018 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

An Ethical Irony by Michael Swift (Equal First Prize)

The Mansion That Time Forgot by Equal First Prize (Grace Longhi)

Technology Nation by Emma Chambers (Second Prize)

The Tanami by Rafaela Southon (Third Prize)

The Door on The 3rd Floor by Gabriella Gigliotti (Highly Commended)

If Only You Knew by Disha Raval (Highly Commended)

Sea Change by Hannah Barrie (Highly Commended)

Surfing on Waikiki Beach by Alexandra Willcock (Highly Commended)

Humanty by Harmony-tree Hansen (Highly Commended)

The Broken-Hearted by Mysheka Field (Highly Commended)

‘Mama, mama!’ cries the girl.
Soaked in tears and her mind a swirl.
‘My true love, handsome prince!
Has left me long since.
He used to braid my hair and kiss my cheek,
But now he’s left me, I feel like a geek,’
The mother just rolled her eyes and said,
‘Honey, I told you he’d leave you for dead,’
The girl ran off, crying her eyes out,
‘Why did he leave me!’ she cried with an ominous pout.
That is why, if you concoct this terrible disease,
Broken-heartedness will never let you out with ease.
The young girl, streaked mascara and all,
Called upon her wits and decided, overall.
This boy was a jerk for treating her like this,
But, he was still just like her, in the ageing abyss.
So she wiped her tears and came to her mum,
‘Mother, I’ve been an absolute pain in the bum!’
The mother laughed and said,
‘My dear, another one will come along and make you blush red,’
The mother was just right, a few weeks later, a boy, with a smile of the sun,
Came along and made the girl have some memorable fun,
The laughed together and walked along the boardwalk,
The thought of this new boy, made the girl gawk,
But happy. She’d found her new love.
As the horizon levelled with the sea,
The young girl felt she was completely free,
When the boy held her hand and kissed her cheek,
She no longer felt like a geek.
He’d buy her chocolates and roses,
Candy-floss, but what he never brought with his money,
Was his love for the young girl,
That was already in his heart.
The two had found their matches,
Each other, their love had no dents or scratches…
Yet. But that was still to come.
But for now, they were happy, Everlyn and Harry.
The newest and happiest couple.

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years