PROSE, verse and punctuation were the focus of the 44th Gladstone Eisteddfod for speech and drama recitals on Monday.
Children from 6-12 took to the stage, displaying grace, confidence and poise as they performed.
Adjudicator Margaret Gallaher said she had been impressed for the duration of the day.
"I love watching the naturals," she said.
"The kids who let their personalities shine through in their performances. They stand out as winners."
Emily Walsh, who performed in the under-6 category for the first time, said she loved every minute of being on stage.
"I like it how the judges help you when you forget your words," she said.
"It was a lot of fun."
The fun will continue again on Wednesday, with choral speaking, mime, improvisation and prose competitors taking to the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre stage.