The Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship was established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community.

Valued at $10,000, this opportunity encourages poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publication outcomes. Previous recipients of the Red Room Poetry FellowshipAli Cobby Eckermann (2017), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Jeanine Leane (2019).


Congratulations to the 2020 Shortlisted Poets

  • Gloria Demillo
  • Luke Fischer
  • Toby Fitch
  • Zenobia Frost
  • Jill Jones
  • Scott-Patrick Mitchell
  • Nicole Smede
  • Mark Tredinnick
  • Jessica L Wilkinson

Thank you to all 2020 applicants who crafted such considered and original projects that enliven poetry and poetic communities across Australia.


'This year's shortlist is a reflection of the remarkable talent of our developing and emerging poets, page poets and performance poets in Australia. The diversity of the applicants and applications attests to the current strength and vibrancy of poetry in this country.' (Judging Note)

Read the Fellow's Statement and Judging Notes

Discover the Fellowship

While the Fellowship is currently only open to previously commissioned Red Room Poets, we're always looking for new voices for upcoming poetic projects. If you're interested in a Red Room Poetry commission, email with a copy of your CV, a suite of your best poems, as well as the kind of projects in which you are interested.

Partners & supporters

  • Bundanon Trust

  • Create NSW

  • Australia Council for the Arts