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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)

In the old hotel there was a door,
The door on the 3rd floor.
But it was no ordinary door, you see.
It was made from the wood of a magical tree.
No one knows what’s inside, it could be whatever,
But whoever goes in is stuck there forever!
For it’s an enchanted door, the door on the 3rd floor.

Staying at the hotel was a boy called Fred, who always told a lie.
He was just walking through the 3rd floor when the door caught his eye.
He had to go through, he had to see!
What was on the other side – what could it be?
Fred forgot anything else and turned the knob slowly.
His parents disgraced that door, they hated it wholly.
For it’s an evil door, the door on the 3rd floor.

The people in town had had it, that was enough.
They couldn’t keep letting people disappear so rough!
They decided to find out, once and for all
What was behind that door standing tall?
Along came police and the trained experts
Who had come prepared, with lots of alerts.
One expert stepped forward, she was strapped in tight.
The others were holding her rope with all their might.
She plunged through the door, but the rope snapped with a crack.
There was a blinding flash, then all was black.
For it’s a hungry door, the door on the 3rd floor.

One summer evening a woman noticed a light,
Coming from inside the hotel, glowing bright.
The glowing light spread, flickering higher.
The woman ran down the street screaming “Fire! Fire!”
Soon the whole town had gathered outside the hotel
Everyone inside was out – except, well…
The people watched as the flames licked and swirled
Crunching on the old wood as they twirled.
The hotel soon turned to ash,
The fire vanished as quick as a flash.
Where was the door? Did it burn down?
Then someone cried “Look!” pointing to the ground.
There were a few people lying in the rubble.
Who had come from the door that had caused all this trouble?
They were finally safe and sound!
Lying on the hot, hard ground.
For they were out of the door, the door on the 3rd floor.

Fred, the expert, and many more were safe at last,
Although they couldn’t remember their past.
But they were out of the door,
Which was seen no more.
It could be anywhere, from Sydney to Rome
So when you finish reading, make sure to check your home.
For it’s a mysterious door, the door on the 3rd floor.

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)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years