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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)

Walking through the streets,
Shoving your way through crowds.
The sky, dark grey.
Factories making plumes of smoke.
Excited, deafening chatter,
Blocking all other noise.
Houses empty, roads full,
Everyone has places to go.


The streets are empty.
An odd car, here and there.
You can hear the crows,
Screeching as they fight over food.
The ocean is roaring,
Battering the shoreline.
Few people on the paths,
Expressions unable to be read.
Small stores, out of business,
Employees desperate for work.
Everyone searching the news,
Hoping, against hope, that this will soon be over.

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)

Tornado by Alyssa Beauchamp (Highly Commended)

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years