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2021 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age Poetry

2021 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2021 Broderick Family Awards – 14-17 Years

To Be a Moth in a Butterfly Garden by Syazwani Saifudin (1st Place)

Crying at the Nail Salon by Josie Minz (2nd Place)

family portrait carved in wood by Syazwani Saifudin (3rd Place)

riptide by Portia Claire Hoole (Highly Commended)

Ambedo Street by Sarah Campbell (Highly Commended)

listen by Syazwani Saifudin (Highly Commended)

Her by Grace Lloyd (Highly Commended)

a teenage boy
inside of a girl’s body
that’s what my life is

I see other guys
I feel hatred burn inside of my body
the envy and doubt that forever haunts my mind

this isn’t just a phase
you don’t feel the ache in my chest
the one that never leaves, no matter how hard I scratch and pull

I’m in the cuffs of her looming presence
the constant ache and anxiety that attacks me
I can’t look in the mirror without wanting to smash the glass

the scissors that sit on the desk
I want to take them
I want to cut off every female part of me

she is taking away my true identity
she is trapping me in this body
she is keeping me from being him

Little Blue by Katelyn Fanlagan (Highly Commended)

Our Sacred Land by Amaeh Reed (Highly Commended)

Tempest by Melody Cherrie (Highly Commended)

2021 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 11-13 years

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years