Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Fellowship different in 2024 than in previous years?

Previously, we have offered one Fellowship to a poet previously commissioned by Red Room Poetry to deeply develop their practice through a project of scale. In order to develop the wider poetic community, commission opportunities were also offered to 9 shortlisted poets, for publication on Red Room Poetry’s digital channels.

In 2024 and beyond, we are offering Fellowships to a cohort of 6 poets - 5 in-person residencies, and 1 remote - in order to develop a community of practice.

What does ‘previously commissioned or published’ by Red Room Poetry mean?

If you have had a poem commissioned or selected for paid publication by Red Room Poetry for any of our previous projects you are eligible to apply. You are also eligible to apply if you have been booked by Red Room Poetry for an event - for example, if you have performed at a Poetry Month showcase or taught a workshop with us. If you’re still not sure, feel free to reach out and clarify.

I have not been previously commissioned or published by Red Room Poetry, how can I find out more about this?

More detail about our commissioning process and how to share your work with us is available on the General FAQs page of our website here.

Can you tell me about physical accessibility onsite at Varuna?

More information about Accessibility at Varuna for the in-person residencies can be found via their website here.

What is the 'Anywhere Remote Residency'?

Designed to broaden access for poets who face additional barriers that may make traveling to Varuna a challenge. This may include caring responsibilities or challenges with travel, and is self-identified. You can choose to apply for this residency instead of the in-person options by selecting the checkbox on the entry form. This residency includes the stipend, an online one-on-one mentorship session, public reading opportunity and publication opportunity (with additional fee) but does not include accommodation.

Can I apply for the 'Anywhere Remote Residency' as well as the in-person residencies?

No. If you select 'Anywhere Remote Residency' on the application form, we will consider your application for that opportunity only.

Where can I find more information about the residency site?

Via the Varuna website here.

Where can I find more information about the residency structure, food and other details?

Via the Varuna website here.

I have other questions about the residency - where can I get more information?

If you still have questions that aren't answered here or at the links above, you can contact us via*

*please note our office is closed from 21 December - 8 January. We will respond to any queries that come through over the break when we return.