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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

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

Wise Beyond My Years by Finn Mulvogue (1st Place)

Disparate Deserts by Tanishkaa Ramesh (2nd Place)

Through My Window by Tanishkaa Ramesh (3rd Place)

Fire by Grace Moore (Highly Commended)

The Deadly Race by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

Footprints by Sahaj Kaur (Highly Commended)

Always Remember by Alyssa Mayo (Highly Commended)

In The City by Silas Lear (Highly Commended)

My Gunhi by Syon GuruPrasad (Highly Commended)

Hope by Zara Beveridge (Highly Commended)

The Darkness by Abigail Bull (Highly Commended)

Accepted by Angela Jins (Highly Commended)

I take a deep breath before I step inside the school gates
my heart races faster as I try not to shed tears
I walk towards a crowd of students
who taunt me with their stares

their whispers repeat over and over again
playing in my mind like a radio track
exploiting the insecurities, I never had before
the words sting and keep me back

it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white
if your eyes are small or big
everyone is beautiful in their own special way
everyone should feel like they fit in

Tornado by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years