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The Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets.

The Red Room Poetry 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 Fellowship include Scott-Patrick Mitchell (2022), Ellen van Neerven (2021), Michelle Cahill (2020), Jeanine Leane (2019), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017). 

Congratulations to Charmaine Papertalk Green, our 2023 Fellow! Read the full statement from the Fellow and the Judges here.

Thank you to the 2023 judging panel - previous Fellows Ellen van Neerven (2021), Scott-Patrick Mitchell (2022) and poet David Adès.

While this 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.

Applications for the Emerging Poets Residency, open to emerging poets across the continent, will reopen in August 2023 as part of Poetry Month. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out.

Partners and Supporters

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship is supported by generous individuals and our partners.