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Do you know why we’re proud
Can you make a leap?
And when you really listen
Is your listening deep?
~ Ellen van Neerven from 'Yugambeh and Proud'

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

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 Fellowship include Michelle Cahill (2020), Jeanine Leane (2019), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017). 

The 2021 Fellow receives

  • $5000 poetic stipend “no strings”
  • $1000 commission to create a suite of poems inspired by an existing Red Room Poetry project
  • A two-week residency at Bundanon Trust with local workshops (Monday 12 July – Monday 25 July 2021)
  • Travel assistance
  • Opportunity to film or present a public address during the year-long Fellowship

Discover this year's Fellowship

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 contact@redroompoetry.org with a copy of your CV, a suite of your best poems, as well as the kind of projects in which you are interested.

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