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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', Red Room Poetry Fellow 2021

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 Ellen van Neerven (2021) Michelle Cahill (2020), Jeanine Leane (2019), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017). 

Discover the Fellowship in past years

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.

Partners and Supporters

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