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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)

on a meek Tuesday
though our presence was slight
we existed on Ambedo Street

in the depths of the dark
under murky streetlights
was a solace that tasted so sweet

cicada rhythms throbbed
the night was sultry
gentle drafts eased the mood

the uncut tall grass
the thinly split asphalt
flowed like a river askew

four legs, back and forth
laces danced to-and-fro
sweaty hands tucked into pockets

moonbeams stroked the mailboxes
fountainous willows tinted indigo
collarbone adorned with shattered locket

black and white, the houses arrayed
like a twisted spine on the ground
they were draining to gaze at, all evenly spaced
sitting still, remaining earthbound

on Ambedo street
where cares were whisked away
frigid, bony fingers of the wind
caressed your face

listen by Syazwani Saifudin (Highly Commended)

Her by Grace Lloyd (Highly Commended)

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