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

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

Thank you to our 2022 judging panel, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Andy Jackson and Rachael Mead.

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.

Partners and Supporters

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