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The strategic plan of the cosmos
has a continuous improvement process
firmly in place in you.

~ excerpt from ‘Every Day’ by MTC Cronin, Red Room commissioned poet

The inaugural Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The Fellowship has been established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community, encouraging poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publication outcomes.


Red Room Poetry congratulates Ms Ali Cobby Eckermann: Recipient of the inaugural Room Poetry Fellowship (2017)


The Red Room Poetry Fellowship is made possible with support from generous philanthropists.

Applications are open to all poets previously commissioned by Red Room Poetry. There is no cost to submit to the Fellowship.

The successful Fellow will receive:

  • $5000 poetic stipend “no strings”

  • $1000 commission to create a suite of poems inspired by an existing Red Room project

  • a two-week residency at Bundanon Trust

  • Travel assistance

  • Paid professional employment (delivering up to 4 x poetic workshops)

  • Opportunity to present a public address during the year-long Fellowship

  • Highly visible publication of commissioned poem(s) on public transport

It is expected that the Red Room Poetry Fellow will complete all activities within 12 months of announcement of the Fellowship, unless otherwise agreed. 

To apply

Applications are now closed.
You can view the longlist here »
The shortlist is now available here »

Fellowship Timelines:

  • Applications open - 1 March 2017

  • Applications close - 5:00pm 3 April 2017

  • Expert Arts Panel and Red Room Poetry Directors review applications

  • Winning Fellow Announced - 19 May 2017

  • 2018 Fellowship applications re-open March 2018

Terms and Conditions

Click here to download criteria and terms and conditions.


While this Fellowship is currently only open to previously commissioned Red Room Poets, Red Room Poetry is always looking for new voices for upcoming poetic projects. If you are interested in a Red Room Poetry Commission, please email contact@redroomcompany with a copy of your CV, a suite of your best poems, as well as the kind of projects in which you are interested.