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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)

It’s real. It’s there. Growing.
Bigger. Stronger. Powerful.
It’s always there. A void.
Infinite. Unending. Awful.

Can’t stop now!
Faster, harder, run!
Before it engulfs you.
Then you’re done.

You’re nothing!  You’re worthless!
Your feet are pounding!
Give up no one cares!
Your heart is racing!

And just like that,
You’ve started sinking.
Inky black depths.
Go! Start swimming!

But nothing helps.
Your silent screams,
That no one hears.
“It’s just a dream.”

It’s real. It’s there. Growing.
Bigger. Stronger. Powerful.
It’s always there. A void.
Infinite. Unending. Awful.

Accepted by Angela Jins (Highly Commended)

Tornado by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years