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.

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

Before commencing your application, please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions, and that you meet the selection criteria below.

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

Selection criteria 

  1. Show potential for this grant to benefit your creative development and advance a previous poetic project or consequent work
  2. Provide a proposal detailing how your commissioned works will respond to a Red Room project
  3. Availability to attend a two-week residency at Bundanon Trust in 2023 (Monday 24 July - Sunday 6 August, 2023)
  4. Willingness and experience to deliver 3 poetic workshops
  5. Preparedness to record, publish and speak publicly about your poetry and creative process

Questions about your application? Contact us via

Application Form

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.