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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Perspectives by Elizabeth Marsh (1st)

Our Mother's Struggle by Tessa Quinlan (2nd)

My Great Aunt's Piano by Annie Mellick (3rd)

Writing Poetry by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

When the Relatives Return by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

The Christmas Paper Caper by Archer Bloomfield (Highly Commended)

How To Be Straight by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Bible Study by Jhermayne Ubalde (Highly Commended)

Rain by Amy Nancarrow (Highly Commended)

Reflection of a Schoolgirl by Penelope (Penny) Duran (Highly Commended)

When she transferred last semester,
I spotted her sitting in the front row of the class,
eagerly raising her hand.  Her hair

pinned into a bun as if restraining hurt, painting
a portrait of a proper schoolgirl with a pleated skirt
and nylon stockings.  Books neatly stacked,

oblivious to her classmates’ disdain,
she shared her IQ score and boasted
about her parents’ success

to every new acquaintance.  Behind the veneer
of a flawless student, a melancholic gaze
lingered above smoky bags, the swollen lids

hinting at countless sleepless nights,
while a faint veil of red obscuring her eyes
hung as a remnant of ocular waterfalls.

Masking the shadows with concealer,
striving for perfection, not wanting to provide
any reason to treat her with pity.

Turning toward the windowpane,
I shook hands with my reflection,
silently instilling solidarity

for the years of our shared trauma.
Students laugh in the halls. I remain in my chair
and study my quaking knees, averting the stare

of the girl reflected in the glass, wondering
if our mirrored souls will ever discard the past.

Tsunami by Holly Atherton (Highly Commended)

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years