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surrender. give in. have faith that jumping,
submission first, will yield results: how
else can a fledgling be expected to leave a
nest?

~ Scott-Patrick Mitchell from 'on how to be a bird', Red Room Poetry Fellow 2022

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). 

Applications for the 2023 Red Room Poetry Fellowship are now open to all previously commissioned poets. The judging panel comprises previous Fellows Ellen van Neerven (2021), Scott-Patrick Mitchell (2022) and poet David Adès.

The 2023 Fellow will receive:

  • $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 (Monday 24 July – Sunday 6 August 2023)
  • Fee for delivery of workshops while in residence at Bundanon
  • Travel assistance
  • Opportunity to film or present a public address during the year-long Fellowship

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 22 February 2023 (AEST)

Questions about your application? Contact us via fellowship@redroompoetry.org

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.

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.